In the backdrop of the killing of six Sikhs in a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, US, the fourth edition of "Mr Singh International" will focus on Sikh identity.
"The Oak Creek incident is a clear indicator that despite our best efforts, Sikhs worldwide continue to face an identity crisis. We are often mistaken for other communities and become easy targets of hate crime," said Jaswinder Singh advocate and convener of Akaal Purkh ki Fauj, the organiser of the event.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, Jaswinder said through this event they hoped to send a message on the separate identity of Sikhs. He said they would be sending out invitations for the December 15 grand finale to be held in Amritsar to all diplomatic missions based in Delhi.
Besides the Sikh identity, the event will also focus on issues like global warming and depletion of groundwater.
Akaal Purkh Ki Fauj media in-charge JS Jassi said auditions will be held all through September at 60 different locations across India besides US, UK, Canada, Malaysia and Italy. The selected candidates will then participate in competitions based on Sikh tenets and a total of 20 candidates will fight for the title. Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar will be one of the invitees to the finale. One can log on to www.apkf.net for more details.