Jalandhar, September 21
Living upto the spirit of ‘Sarbat da Bhala’, two Jalandhar based Gurdwaras have started gathering relief material for over 4 lakh homeless Rohingya Muslims, who have got shelter in Bangladesh. The Sikh community has put up stalls outside two gurdwaras in Jalandhar to gather relief material and raise monetary assistance for Rohingya Muslims, whose mass exodus took place from Rakhine state of Myanmar.While BJP led centre government refused assistance to Rohingya Muslims citing security threat in the Supreme Court, Bnagladesh government provided shelter to around 4 lakh Rohingyas in their country. Notably, a large number of Rohingya Muslim women, children, men and elderly were left fending for themselves in the absence of food, water and shelter facility in Bangladesh.Jalandhar based two gurdwaras namely- Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh situated in Talhan village and Gurdwara Nauwi Paatshahi Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji have been seeking assistance from public for ‘Khalsa Aid’, the Sikh organization, which has been providing ‘langar’ sewa to Rohingya Muslims in Refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Tejinder Pal Singh Prince, one of the volunteers of Khalsa Aid said that they had around 30 lakh volunteers in Jalandhar alone, who were working to provide assistance to hapless Rohingya Muslims. “Many women have also come forward for assistance”, he said.
He said that in the coming days, they would approach other Gurdwaras for assistance. “We are gathering dry ration like lentils, rice, flour and other daily usage needs for Rohingya Muslims. As soon as, we would get a call from Bangladesh, we would carry the relief material for them”, he added.Jagjit Singh Gaba, the manager of Gurdwara Nauwi Paatshahi Guru Tegh Bahadur condemned the centre government’s move of terming the Rohingya Muslims as a threat to the country. “Gurdwara committee would provide every possible assistance and relief material for the Rohingya Muslims. People should come forward to assist the Rohingya community”, he said.
Notably, the pictures and videos of ‘langar’ sewa provided by ‘Khalsa Aid’ were already on the social media like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp and getting international acclaim for the humanitarian work. Sikh volunteers holding banners of assistance to Rohingya Muslims have been spreading the message of ‘Manas ki Jaat, Sabe Eke Pehchanbe’ and ‘Sarbat da Bhala’.It is pertinent to mention here that earlier also, Sikhs have volunteered to help people in distress whether it was floods in Bihar, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand, or the recent rains in Mumbai. Even Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi has also set a benchmark in serving the humanity by providing langar and shelter to all those coming to the national capital for protests and dharnas.
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