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Hero of Non-Violence Remembered

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on March 7, 2009

‘Wisdom comes from the east and we say a chill wind usually comes from the west,’ said Mr. Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh while referring to days of the British Empire in India. He added, diplomatically ‘but we in the east have a hot temper and need a cool breeze from time to time.’

On Thursday 26th of February Amarjeet-Singh Bhamra organised an event in the House of Lords to promote the non-violent example of Sat Guru Ram Singh whose opposition to British rule of India inspired others such as the great Mahatma Ghandi.

It was the third meeting that he has held to commemorate the anniversary of Sat Guru Ram Singh’s birth. UPF has been a co-host of the events along with the Hindu Council UK. (For the previous event report on the Hindu Council website click here) Lord King was the gracious host and Lord Dholakia was similarly gracious in his words and advice. There was a discussion during the meeting about how to honour the memory of Sat Guru Ram Singh and the non-violent principles he espoused. Amarjeet had proposed before building a statue in his honour while Anil Bhanot, Chair of the Hindu Council UK suggested a park in which the principles of non-violence could be promoted along with the lives of famous non-violent leaders such as Sat Guru Ram Singh, Mahatma Ghandi and Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr., could be remembered together.

Lord King (left), Lord Dholakia (2nd from left) and Mr. Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh (right)

Lord King (left), Lord Dholakia (2nd from left) and Mr. Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh (right)

Imam Ulmer Ahmed Ilysan, President of the All India Imam’s Association that includes 500,000 Imams, spoke about the role of moderate Islam in challenging extremism. He expressed his desire to work together with other religious leaders to influence the G20 discussions to be held in London on April 2nd. He had visited Lancaster Gate earlier that day where we had discussed the Global Peace Festival and other possible partnerships with our UPF European President Song. Dr Raheem Khan, a Trustee of the Universal Peace Federation, made the presentation of an Ambassador for Peace award.

I was invited to speak about UPF’s vision to harmonise the religious or spiritual perspective and the political perspective in the decision making process of the United Nations as well as national Parliamentary bodies. This would provide an expression of the consensual advice of religious leaders, men and women, young and old, who have the capacity and nature to lead their faiths to serve other faiths, their region of the world to serve other regions of the world in making one family of humankind under God. Including this voice within the decision making process with the voice of politicians, who often possess either a strong faith or a strong sense of public service themselves, but who are accountable to an electorate that is not easily led to thinking of others before themselves, would allow a greater degree of peace, fairness and vision within the human family.

Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal also spoke that evening. He had visited Lancaster Gate earlier to discuss cooperation with the education project in Palestine. It was appropriate that he was present in the evening to express the non-violent role he has performed in the search for Palestinian independence. It became an evening reunion of friends old and new.

Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal on non-violence to achieve Palestinian statehood

Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal on non-violence to achieve Palestinian statehood

We must thank Dr. Christoph von Luttitz for many of the photos.

For further photos please see this link.

For the report on the Hindu Council Website click here.

Robin Marsh
Secretary General
Universal Peace Federation – UK

Tel: 44 (0) 207 262 0985
Mobile: 44 (0) 7956 210 768
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UPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

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