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British PM hails Sikh community on Bandi Chorr Divas, congratulates Indians on Diwali



IN A POIGNANT message on Bandi Chorr Divas and Diwali, British Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated the Sikh community and hailed Indians for their contribution to the British society, calling them "a shining example of what makes the United Kingdom great."

"The festival of lights (signifies) that ultimately good will triumph over evil, hope over despair and light over darkness (and it) will resonate with people of all faiths and none," Theresa May said in her message.

May's decision to thank the Sikhs specifically for the Bandi Chorr Divas underlines Britain's recognition of the community's stature and contribution. 
 
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Further, she took care to de-link the significance of Diwali from any specific religion and said the Diwali's message of the triumph of goodness over evil was so universal that it resonated with not only people of all faiths, but also those who do not profess any particular religion. In contrast, many radical Hindutva outfits in India persistently try to paint Leftists and communists as faithless people who do not understand the spirit of religion and religiosity.

"As Prime Minister, I want to take this opportunity to say a special thank you — on behalf of the whole country — for the immense contributions you all make to every sphere of life in the United Kingdom,” May said in her message, released by the Downing Street.
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"You help to show the world that United Kingdom truly is a place where people from all backgrounds and beliefs can live their lives in freedom and achieve their full potential.” One hopes our leaders make India a country where people of off beliefs can live in the glow of freedom and achieve their full potential.
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The festival remains a "special time” of the year and a chance to connect with Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in Britain, she said.

"From the doctors and nurses serving in our NHS [National Health Service], to the soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in our armed forces, the entrepreneurs creating jobs across our communities, and the stars of arts and culture inspiring and entertaining us, Britain’s Indian communities are a shining example of what makes our country great,” she said.

Priti Patel, Britain’s first Indian-origin Cabinet minister, hosted the annual Diwali celebrations at 10, Downing Street earlier this week. May was in Brussels for the Brexit talks at the time.
 

"As successful and integrated communities, you maintain your unique traditions while contributing fully to our national life. And you help to show the world that our United Kingdom truly is a place where people from all backgrounds and beliefs can live their lives in freedom and achieve their full potential".

May ended her message with ‘Shubh Diwali’ but not before announcing that she will be joining in celebrating the values and freedoms of the festival.

Theresa May's last visit to India in November 2016 was, to say the least, "underwhelming" and at one stage, the then commerce minister Nirmala Seetharaman had even said "we are not being treated as old friends any longer.” May now plans to visit India soon, a fact she announced in her Diwali message, too.
 
 

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