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In UK’s New Year Honours List, Punjabis make the cut

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In UK’s New Year Honours List, Punjabis make the cut
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In UK’s New Year Honours List, Punjabis make the cut
In UK’s New Year Honours List, Punjabis make the cut

LONDON: Dozens of Punjabis have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours List 2022 for their dedication to serving others in Britain through sewa. Around 8% of the total recipients in the Honours List came from an Asian ethnic background.
Jasvir Singh OBE, chair of City Sikhs, said “For Sikhs, voluntary service or sewa is a fundamental part of our identity, and with a significant number getting honours this year, it is a real testament to the level of respect with which wider British society regards the achievements of the Sikh community.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the honours are an opportunity to thank the recipients as a country, “for their dedication and outstanding contribution.”
Davinder Singh Dhillon, chair of the Chattri Memorial Group, was made an OBE For services to the commemoration of Indian Forces’ contribution in the First World War. He organises an annual memorial service, on the second Sunday in June, every year, to honour the Indian dead of the First World War, at the Chattri Memorial near
Brighton, where the 53 Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died in Brighton hospitals during the First World War were cremated. Amritpal Singh Maan, a philanthropist within the Sikh community, was made an OBE for services to the Sikh community and to charity.
He has sponsored £1. 2m worth of meals to the British public and fed over 250,000 individuals and is the managing director of the restaurant, Punjab, in Covent Garden.
“Seva, selfless service for the community has been the ethos of our family business since it was founded in 1946, and I accept this honour not just for me, but on behalf of the generations that came before me who made huge sacrifices, took chances, and shared their spirit with me,” he said.
Jagtar Singh Gill, who has been active in Sikh and interfaith communities at a local and national level for the last two decades, was made an OBE. He helped deliver the £11 million Leamington Spa & Warwick Gurdwara and was its general secretary from 2009 to 2011. He said “I am humbled that my sewa over the years locally and nationally has been recognised with this honour. ”
Others to be made OBE include Dr Hindpal Singh Bhui, Dr Japinder Dhesi and Professor Iqbal Singh.
Bimmy (Virinder) Kuljit Kaur Rai, has been made an MBE for services to the charity sector. After losing both her parents at the age of 13, she abandoned dreams of going to university so that she could care for her siblings and grandfather.
That traumatic experience transformed her outlook and she has volunteered for three decades. She said: “It is my life’s honour to have been of service to others. It is with Waheguru Ji’s (God’s) grace that I dedicate this to my beloved parents and to those who have supported me on this journey .”
Councillor Charan Kanwal Singh Sekhon, founder and chairman of the SEVA Trust UK, was made an MBE for services to charity, diversity and the environment. During the pandemic, he helped support the elderly, vulnerable, homeless, rough sleepers and overseas students and launched an emergency Covid-19 community support project.

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