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SANT PREM SINGH'S 67TH BARSI CELEBERATED IN INDIANA

May 30, 2017 08:24 AM

CROWN POINT (INDIANA): (BALBIR SINGH)

Addressing the sangat Diego Morales, former Senior Adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, "As I cover my head, I feel proud and I also consider myself as part of your community. We have come to a great state. By working together as a family we can make the state more great to promote our values, our traditions. Be proud to be Hoosier, Americans and Sikh Americans. I bless you." 

Sant Baba Prem Singh Society and Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Religious Society of Indiana, Crown Point jointly organised the 67th Barsi (Anniversary) of visinory social, political and religious leader Sant Baba Prem Singh (Singh (1882 - 1950) at Gurdwara Sahib, Crown Point, 139 miles from Indianapolis. More than 1500 devotees from Indianapolis, surrounding areas, Chicago, Michigan and Michwaka assembled at the Gurdwara Sahib, Crown Point. Ranjit Singh, Head Granthi of Bangla Sahib, New Delhi and Bhai Baldev Singh Vadala from Indiana recited Gurubani kirtan and katha. Sikhs Political Action Committee Founder and Chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, Diego Morales, former Senior Adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and President of the Gurdwara Sahib Shamsher Singh Boparai were among those attended the function.

The program was organized by Lakhwinder Singh Salhan, Pritpal Singh Gotra, Iqubal Singh Multani, Kuldeep Singh Tanda. Kirtan Jathas were from Gurdwara Crown Point, Gurdwara Mishwaka and Gurdwara South Bend, Indiana.Lakhwant Singh Komal and his associates from Chicago, Sant Baba Prem Singh Society Indianapolis officials Gurpreet Singh, Baldev Singh Salhan, Kuldeep Singh and his associates from Lensing, Michigan Gurdwara Sahib and Kiranjit Singh Khalsa of Michwaka, Indiana also deeply involved in the celebrations. Amrik Singh, president Punjab Sports and Culture Club, Chicago also attended the anniversary.

 
Speaking on the occasion SikhsPAC Chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa said that Sant Baba Prem Singh devoted himself to the cause for the welfare of the Sikh community. Sant Prem Singh's 'kathni te karni che koi farak nahi see." Sant Prem Singh believed in nishkaam sewa (selfless service) and preached Sikhism and promoted Amrit Sanchaar.

As a social, political and religious leader Sant Prem Singh Jee devoted his life for the betterment of the humanity. Realising the importance of education he established a number of educational institutions. Sant Prem Singh played a valuable role in revitalizing the Lobana community.
"It was Guru Nanak ji who stood for the equality of the women and creating opportunity to educate girls," reminded the devotees.

Regarding the formation of Sikhs Political Action Committee, Gurinder Khalsa said that "through our efforts Indiana became the second state in the USA after California where Sikh histroy has been included in the Indiana Public School.Another landmark achievement of the SikhsPAC is that the Indian Senate unanimously adopted and passed the Sikh Resolution declaring April 14 (baisakhi) as the National Sikh Day, recognisting the valuable contribution of the Sikh community. The first National Sikh Day was celebrated on May 15 at the Indiana State House. Besides the chief guest Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, the First Lady Janet Holcomb and the prominent elected officials of Indiana including Senators and Mayors of many cities across the state attended the function. Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers,

Addressing the sangat Diego Morales, former Senior Adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, "As I cover my head, I feel proud and I also consider myself as part of your community. We have come to a great state. By working together as a family we can make the state more great to promote our values, our traditions. Be proud to be Hoosier, Americans and Sikh Americans. I bless you." 

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