Sikhs honoured at Capitol Hill
Over 225 people had gathered for the event organised by Sikh Council on Religion and Education.india Updated: May 23, 2006 11:59 IST
Several leading Sikhs, including Dr Amarjit Singh Marwah, translator of the Guru Granth Sahib, Pritam Singh Chahil and Daya Singh, Executive Vice President of Akal Security were among the distinguished people who were honoured with special awards at a glittering ceremony at Capitol Hill.
The event was organised by the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), which also honoured some non-Sikhs at the Sikh American Heritage Dinner at the Capitol Hill on May 21.
Over 225 Sikhs from all over the US had gathered to be with the American political leaders.
Many senators and Congressmen participated in the event and congratulated the Sikhs.
Dr Rajwant Singh said, "SCORE aspires to recognise and honour Sikhs who have provided leadership in various fields and have enriched the community.
They have contributed for the betterment of American life and have strengthened America.
Through their successful work, they have acquired a special place in the diversity of America. Sikh community is proud of their achievements.
SCORE also recognises the efforts of those non- Sikh individuals who have rendered service to the Sikh community in America."
Dr Amarjit Singh Marwah, a well-known and respected philanthropist both in the United States and India, was given the Life Time Achievement Award by Congressman Sherman on behalf of the Sikh Council.
Congressman Sherman of California added, "I have been a friend of Dr Marwah for the last ten years and he has been a mentor to many including myself."
Credited as the first dentist of Indian origin to practice in America, Dr Marwah has held a series of high profile positions within Southern California.
He has been conferred the honour of chairing Arts commission in Los Angeles, World Affair Council of Los Angeles, occupied prestigious position on the Board on Navy League of America, International Visitors Council.
He is also a co-founder of the Bank of Punjab, a service oriented bank formed entirely on modern technology.
Dr Marwah is also known as the Founder of the first Sikh Gurudwara in Los Angeles in 1969.
In his acceptance comments, Dr Marwah said, "I am extremely privileged to be honoured tonight.
There were times when no minority was allowed to walk in the halls of US Congress.
It is commendable that people like Dr Rajwant Singh are bringing us close to the political leaders of this country.
I was the manager of the first Sikh and Asian Congressman, Dalip Singh Saund and I were privileged to be with him with my turban on at the Capitol Hill during his oath ceremony in 1958. I was also present at his funeral in 1973."
He added, "This country is great and we have become one as a nation. The Congress this year also has to pass one law sealing the nuclear deal between India and US and due to this the democracy in India will be strengthened."