Invaluable contribution of Sikh community

Derry & Strabane Councillors have praised the positive contribution of the local Sikh community.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 7:21 am

The Council have also unanimously backed a motion welcoming the nomination of Khalsa Aid International for the Nobel Peace Prize and expressing solidarity with the thousands of farmers across India engaged in peaceful protest. The motion was tabled by Foyleside SDLP Councillor, Mary Durkan.

Miss Durkan said: “The strong cross-party support for this solidarity motion is reflective of the valued contribution of the Sikh community to day-to-day living in Derry and Strabane through their work as well as their generous support of local charities and organisations.

“So many councillors, and indeed citizens, can share their personal experiences of the hospitality of the Sikh community here.”

SDLP Colr. Mary Durkan. DER0720GS - 015

Ms Durkan spoke of the escalating violence directed at Indian farmers in Delhi and beyond during protests against controversial agricultural reform bills. “Many of these protestors are elderly and desperately worried about livelihoods and the future for their families,” she said, while also expressing alarm over “particularly disturbing stories around the detention of female journalists and activists”.

“The local Sikh community members are rightly proud of the nomination of Khalsa Aid International for the Nobel Peace Prize. This organisation is currently delivering vital on-the-ground aid at the farmers’ protests in India. For over two decades, people all around the world, from all faith backgrounds and none, have been supported by Khalsa Aid in response to natural disasters and conflict situations.

“Our city and district is based on good community relations. We are continuing to build an inclusive society based on mutual respect, and enriched by cultural diversity.”