`First turbaned` Sikh in UK Parliament
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 22:32
London: Dr Indarjit Singh, the director of a charity linking several Sikh organisations in the UK, has become the "first turbaned Sikh" member of the British Parliament.

"I am delighted to be the first turbaned Sikh in Parliament. It is an honour for the whole Sikh community," said Singh, the director of the Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO).

Recommended by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, the 79-year-old Singh will enter the House and sit as an independent.

"It gives me a new opportunity to do what I have always tried to do, to work with people of all beliefs to increase tolerance and understanding and work for greater social and political justice in society," said Singh, who was appointed OBE in 1996 and CBE in 2009.

Sikhs already in Parliament include the Conservative MP Paul Uppal, who does not wear a turban.

Singh, who is the first Sikh to have addressed a conference at the Vatican, said "the mantra of today's times - to look after ourselves because we are important - is creating a selfish and fragmented society in which rights are put before responsibility."

"We saw the worst features of this in the recent riots," he said, adding "I would like, in my small way, to work with like-minded people in all communities to reserve this trend."


First Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 22:32

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