Employment Minister Priti Patel shares her best wishes
The Prime Minister’s Indian Diaspora Champion and Employment Minister Priti Patel commemorated the founder of the Sikh religion on his birthday, saying:
“At this most auspicious time, I would like send my best wishes to everyone celebrating the Gurpurab of the founder of Sikhism, Siri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
“This is a hugely important time for Sikhs across Britain and around the world and a chance for all to come together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of the first Guru who preached worship of one God, the equality of humanity, and introduced the distinctive Sikh communal free kitchen ‘langar’ where all could eat together whatever their caste or status.
“In the 160 years since the first Sikhs arrived in Britain, each and every one has more than made their mark here and contributed and enriched British culture, in business, in public services, in sport, culture, charity and beyond.
“We have a lot to learn from Siri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He emphasised the importance of kindness, honesty and hard work, and these values continue to be prominent amongst the Sikh community in the UK.
“Once again, please accept my best wishes on this joyous occasion.”