New York: Two days World Sikh Convention starts today at New York by some members of the World Sikh Parliament coordination committee.
Time and Venue:
Saturday 3 March (Timing : 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) World Fair Marina, Flushing NY 11368 Sunday 4 March (Timing : 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Sikh Cultural Society, 95-30,118 street, Richmond Hill NY, 11419.
It’s pertinent to mention here that the formation of the World Sikh Parliament (WSP) as a representative body of the Sikhs from all over the World was declared at Birmingham UK, in August 2017 and a “Coordination Committee” comprising of members from different continents was declared to take further steps for its establishment.
AS per the note published on the World Sikh Parliament ‘s website “ The WSP co-ordination committee have great pleasure in inviting you to participate in this convention to seek your advice, guidance and help for bringing this institution in existence.”
Bh. Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib who has been constantly trying to forge unity in the Khalsa Panth and many other Gursikhs fully support formation of the WSP. Active Members of Different Sikh organizations including Gurdwara sahibs, high level Panthic officials/intellectuals, and Parliamentarians, from all over the world are expected to attend this convention. This will review progress made about implementation of the commitments made in UK and will examine how effective development or co-operation can be advanced moving forward in the right direction. It will identify the conditions for a successful and timely implementation process and scenarios for the WSP framework enabling a high level discussion involving representatives from Sikh community from all across the globe.
Aim of the WSP is to provide authentic guidance to the community on social, political, spiritual and religious matters and to spread the message of universal brotherhood, involving Sikh Institutions/organizations and members of Sikh Community from all over the world with the ultimate object of restoring self-respect and to be independent from the shackles of Hidutva and to establish Khalsa Raj where everyone is considered equal, with no enmity being siblings of the same father-God and every one embraces each other rising above the filth of being high or low, caste system and untouchability.
Invitations to the conference are being sent to the individuals, Organizations and Gurdwaras all around the world and the participation of at least one Member of each organization or Gurdwara is requested. We very much hope that you will take steps to ensure that members of your organization and Gurdwara (s) can join us at this Convention. Participants please make Visa and ticket arrangements at the earliest. We look forward to working together with you in this endeavor and to reinforce our fruitful collaboration.
Other hand some of the member of the coordination committee have disagree with the convention. According to a written statement and a Punjabi news cutting posted on Sikh Federation UK ‘s Face Book page “World Sikh Convention in New York on 3-4 March 2018 organised without consulting 15-member coordination committee for the World Sikh Parliament.”
Coordiantion committee members Bhai Resham Singh, Dabinderjeet Singh, Satinderpal Singh,Gurmeet Singh Khuniyan, Sukhdev Singh Heiran and Kuldeep Singh Chaheru have expressed their disagreement saying that posters for event have no reference to Khalistan and the bachan of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale despite the agreed mission statement:
To work towards the creation of a Sovereign Sikh State of Khalistan.
Also no reference to the agreed membership criteria for each of the 150 representatives of the World Sikh Parliament.
A note published on Sikh Federation UK ‘s Face Book page reads: A number of members of the co-ordination committee with Khalistan as the main priority have publicly distanced themselves from the New York event given the lack of consultation and confused message suggesting a shift from the agreed mission statement.