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Sikhism has its own sacred place in Indian religions. The word ‘Sikh’ means the learner means the disciple, who follows the teachings of Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak Dev introduced this religion in the 15th century in five-darled Punjab in northwest India. Baba Nanak’s clan started with a few disciples, has spread beyond the five rivers to seven seas beyond. Today there are more than 25 million Sikhs worldwide. Of this 83% are settled in India and 17% in the rest of the world. Apart from these, there are 12 to 15 crore people in the world who believe in the holy Gurugranth Sahib of Sikhs and believe in Sikh Gurus. Perhaps this is the reason why Sikhs are dominant in many countries like Canada, America, Britain, Australia. Apart from India-Pakistan, there are Sikh Gurdwaras from Dubai to London and from Canada-America to New Zealand. A Sikh is the Defense Minister of Canada, while a country like America has been the governor of a province twice. Sikhs also dominate the British Parliament that rules over us. On this special occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, you know about all the big gurdwaras built abroad and those Sikhs who dominate the big countries of the world.

Harjit Singh born in the village of Hoshiarpur is Canadian Defense Minister

Harjit Singh Sajjan (49 years)

Harjit Singh Sajjan (49 years)

Born in Bambeli village in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Harjeet Singh joined the Canadian Army in 1989. He received the Order of Military Merit Award and later Harjeet became the first Sikh officer to command the British Columbia Regiment in the Canadian Army. In the year 2015, he was elected as the Member of Parliament of Canada and was posted as the Defense Minister. They have a big interference in Canadian politics.

Nimrat Randhawa is now Nikki Haley, twice governor in the US and ambassador to the U.N.

Nikki Haley (48 years)

Nikki Haley (48 years)

Nikki Haley’s childhood name is Nimrat Randhawa. She is the daughter of Sikh parents Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur, their ancestors settled in the US after coming from Amritsar. Haley, a two-time governor from South Carolina, was the first cabinet-ranking Indian American in any presidential administration. She was the US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018.

Kanwaljit of Delhi, first MP of Indian origin in New Zealand, sworn in Hindi

Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi (56 years)

Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi (56 years)

Delhi-born Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is the first Indian and first Sikh to become MP in New Zealand. This was the first time in New Zealand in 2017 when a Sikh marketing manager took the oath of office in Hindi. Kanwaljeet is the Chairperson of the Select Committee on Law and Order and Member of the Committee on Commerce in the Parliament of New Zealand.

Tanmanjeet is Britain’s first turban Sikh MP, railway’s shadow minister too

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (42 years)

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (42 years)

Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi was elected Labor Party MP in 2017 from the Slao seat of the United Kingdom (UK). He is the first turbaned Sikh MP of Britain. Jaspal Singh Dhesi, father of Tanmanjeet, the owner of a British construction company, has been the president of Guru Nanak Darbar, the largest gurdwara there. The Labor Party has made him a railway shadow minister. In Britain, opposition parties form shadow ministers. The shadow minister keeps a close watch on the functioning of the ministry concerned. The head of this shadow cabinet is the Leader of the Opposition in the House.

In India itself, Harinder Sidhu of Indian origin was the High Commissioner of Australia for four years

Harinder Sidhu (53 years)

Harinder Sidhu (53 years)

Harinder Sidhu’s ancestors were residents of Punjab. They settled in Singapore several generations ago, but Harinder’s parents moved to Australia. She is the second Indian diplomat after former diplomat Peter Varghese to be High Commissioner to Australia in India. Sidhu has also served in Moscow and Damascus before being High Commissioner to India from 2016 to early 2020. Sidhu says he is proud of his Indian origin. His family has always maintained his Indian identity. Harinder has also been an advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia on defense and fiscal affairs between 1999 and 2004.

Preet Kaur is the first Sikh woman to reach UK Parliament, has roots in Jalandhar

Preet Kaur Gill (47 years)

Preet Kaur Gill (47 years)

Preet Kaur is the first Sikh woman to become MP in Britain. Thus he was born and brought up in Britain, but his family is originally from Jalandhar in Punjab. Preet’s father Daljit Singh Shergill was the foreman. He was also a bus driver. Preet is a member of the very influential Parliamentary Committee of the British Parliament which reviews the work of the Home Ministry. She is the Shadow Minister for International Development on behalf of the Labor Party.

Bardish Chaggar became the first woman to become the leader of government in the Lok Sabha of Canada

Bardish Chaggar (40 years)

Bardish Chaggar (40 years)

In 2016, Indian-origin Canadian MP Bardish Chaggar is the leader of the new government in the House of Commons (Lok Sabha) in Canada. She is the first woman to reach this position in Canada. Along with this, he was also made the Minister of Small Business and Tourism. She is currently the Minister for Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Affairs. His father Gurminder Chaggar settled in Canada from Punjab in the 70s.

Great gurdwaras from Dubai to Britain and Canada

  • Guru Nanak Dev ji spent the last nearly 17 and a half years of his life with his family in Kartarpur in present-day Pakistan. This gurudwara houses both the tomb and the tomb of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
  • Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib Dubai’s first and the largest gurdwara in the Gulf countries. This gurudwara was built by more than 50,000 Sikhs. This gurudwara made of Italian marble has a five star kitchen.
  • It is said that Guru Arjun Dev ji was extinct here in Ravi river. Maharaja Ranjit Singh built a small, beautiful gurudwara here and it was enlarged in 1909.
  • This gurudwara in Pakistan’s Nankana Sahib district is the birthplace of Guru Nanak. Its old name was Rai-Bhoi-di-Talwandi.
  • This gurudwara in South Hall has a seating capacity of 3,000 people. There is also a dining hall and a community center. It is the largest gurdwara in Britain.
  • The gurudwara at Abdal Hasan, about 48 km from Rawalpindi in Pakistan, has the claws of Guru Nanak’s claws. It is believed that Guru Nanak stopped a huge stone that was dropped from the top towards him during meditation. This left his claw marks on the stone.
  • It is the largest gurdwara in Canada, built in Ontario. More than 3,000 people are fed anchor every day. This gurudwara has three prayer places and two large langar halls.
  • The Guru Nanak Durbar Gurdwara, built in Gravesend, Kent, is one of Britain’s largest gurdwaras. It took eight years to make it. This gurudwara can seat 1200 people simultaneously.
  • The Gurudwara Rori Sahib, built in Eminabad, Punjab province of Pakistan, is believed that Guru Nanak was here when Babur wreaked havoc in 1521. He had meditated here sitting on a shining stone and from there the word Rory has come. This gurudwara is built on the same stone.
  • It is the largest gurudwara in America. It was founded in 1985 by the Santa Clara Valley Sikh community in San Jose, California.

Even after Guru Nanak, more than one Guru of Sikhs

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