Bandi Chhor message from Prime Minister David Cameron
After months of communicating with the Conservative Party and speaking to the right people at the right time, with Maharaj’s Kirpa, I was able to convey the message that Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor and not Divali. The party showed great interest and intrigue about what Bandi Chhor stood for and why we as Sikhs celebrate it thus leading to Prime Minister David Cameron sending his warm wishes to the Sikhs celebrating Bandi Chhor. Please see below for the Prime Minister’s message.
Many people have asked my why I’m getting involved with politics on a grassroots level and whether politicians in the Conservative led Government actually listen to us. I firmly believe that they do and this message is just one example on how they are listening.
If we look back in history, when we had the issue regarding crash helmets and riding motorbikes, it was Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government who listened and took on board why our Dastar is so important to us. Michael Portillo remembers
”As a 22-year-old researcher, I was allowed to attend a shadow cabinet meeting discussing immigration policy. She had recently become leader of the opposition and was still surrounded by the “giants” from the Heath cabinet, men thought to be her intellectual and social superiors. A bell announcing a vote in the House of Commons interrupted proceedings. Chris Patten, as secretary to the shadow cabinet, said it was a motion to allow any turban-bearing Sikh to be exempt from the requirement to wear a crash helmet on a motorcycle.
“I must go,” she said. “I am pledged to support them.” One of the giants, Lord Carrington, muttered something she didn’t catch. Like a schoolboy, he was made to repeat it. “I said it was ironic that here we are devising how to keep people out of the country, while you are off to vote for the Sikhs.” Silence. “It was a joke.” She looked at the former defence secretary as though he were a piece of dirt. “Well, it wasn’t very funny. These people fought for us in the war, Peter, fought for us in the war. Have you got it?” And off she flounced to record her vote.’
There a plenty of other examples I can give where the Conservative Party have listened to us when we’ve communicated with them.