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Indian envoy asks diaspora youth to connect to their roots and culture

Suggests gurdawaras in the United States could help new immigrants with basic consular services

By Surekha Vijh

Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu advised Indian Diaspora youth in the United States to connect with their roots and culture by visiting historical sites and also learning about Indian success stories in sectors like IT.

Sandhu made the suggestion during a July 22 meeting with members of the World United Guru Nanak Foundation (WUGNF) USA, who had met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on the occasion of Sadbhavna Diwas and the celebration of the 400th centenary of the birth of Guru Teg Bahadur. .

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The members of the delegation expressed their deep appreciation for the phenomenal work done by Sandhu in promoting US-India relations and said that he makes all Sikhs proud and represents what every Indian can achieve through his hard work and to his competence.

Sandhu expressed the importance of partnership in education and knowledge in bilateral relations between India and the United States and recalled the work done by great Sikh leaders in promoting education in India.

The ambassador said he looked forward to the young people of the Indian diaspora being connected to their roots and culture and suggested that they visit historical and religious places like the Golden Temple.

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They should also visit places like Hyderabad and Bangalore where young people from the diaspora can learn about Indian success stories in the IT sector, he said pledging all possible support from the embassy for their trip and stay in India. safely in India.

This will open their eyes and expose them to the reality of the negative propaganda carried out by this handful of anti-Indian elements backed by enemy forces, Sandhu said.

Sandhu also suggested that Gurdawaras could work in coordination with the embassy to provide assistance in consular services like filling out application forms and understanding rules, regulations and procedures.

Since many people from Punjab find it difficult to fill in the forms and understand the language and other basics required in the new country, he said. Such service in the true spirit of Sikh tradition would be of great help to the Diaspora.

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Gurdawaras can be provided with computers and office space to assist all, especially new immigrants, while they participate in seva (service) and langar (communal meals).

WUGNF General Secretary Dr. Surinder Singh pledged to contribute to these initiatives aimed at helping the Indian Diaspora and exposing hostile forces targeting India.

Recalling their meeting with Modi, WUGNF President Gurcharan Singh said the Prime Minister had called the Sikh tradition a living example of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” – one India, the great India – and that the community Sikh has become synonymous with the nation’s spirit of courage, prowess and diligence.

Modi recalled that Sikh gurus have spent their whole lives uniting the nation and left their footprints all over India from Gujarat to Bihar, Singh added.

“The history of India is incomplete without mentioning the contributions of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Sikh struggles against British tragedy and Jallianwala Bagh,” Modi said hailing the Sikh spirit of service and enterprise.

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India’s growing stature has made the Diaspora the most proud and opened up new horizons for them as the world regards them with more respect, he said.

Gurcharan Singh said he asked Modi to open a Sadbhavna center in each country to bring all communities together. This would allow them to celebrate Indian festivals, strengthen the language, culture, traditions and rituals.

The delegation included WUGNF Chairman Amar Malhi and visiting Indian industrialist Amarjit Singh from Delhi.

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