Sikh lawyer gets British honour for services to faith communities
Jasvir Singh, a young London-based barrister engaged in inter-faith communication and other social activities, has received one of Britain’s highest civilian honours, the Order of the British Empire (OBE), at an investiture ceremony at the Buckingham Palace here.punjab Updated: Apr 26, 2017 12:16 IST
Jasvir Singh, a young London-based barrister engaged in inter-faith communication and other social activities, has received one of Britain’s highest civilian honours, the Order of the British Empire (OBE), at an investiture ceremony at the Buckingham Palace.
Singh, who is the chair of City Sikhs and is closely involved in other organisations, has been honoured for services to faith communities and social cohesion in the United Kingdom.
He received the OBE from Prince William in the Ballroom of the palace, along with two other Sikh recipients -- Brinder Singh Mahon, for services to education, and detective sergeant Sarbjit Kaur from the Merseyside Police, for services to policing.
Singh, whose family origins lie in the Doaba region of Punjab, said after the ceremony, “It was a humbling experience. I met many inspiring people, including scientists, artists, Paralympians, and various members of the Armed Forces and the Police, and found out about their remarkable achievements.”
“I also spoke to Prince William and commended him for the work he and his brother, Prince Harry, are doing to help remove the stigma of mental health problems,” Singh added.
City Sikhs said that it was involved in several projects, including the ‘Grand Trunk Project’ led by the Faiths Forum for London, that looks to foster better relationships between communities of South-Asian heritage in towns and cities throughout the country.
Its projects include challenging hate crimes, promoting youth and female empowerment, improving faith literacy in society, and developing collaborative interfaith initiatives. City Sikhs describes its core mission as creating positive change in society.