It’s time for the jag to meet Singh (By Anisha Kaur Johal)
On Sunday 1st October 2017, history was made. A political revolution occurred, the seemingly impossible became possible, one of the biggest Sikh success stories in the world of politics was made…Jagmeet Singh became leader of the Canadian New Democratic Party. It’s now time for the jag (world) to meet Singh!
For those of you who may not be aware, Singh has become the first non-white politician to head a major Canadian political party, the country’s third largest party in fact. He secured an astounding 64% of votes compared to his opponents who got between them only 10-20%.
Singh, a 38 year old York University graduate, Lawyer and Politician, is creating waves in the world of politics. But what makes Singh stand out is his warm persona, charisma and style. Singh epitomes that minorities anywhere in the world can achieve anything if we work hard, never give up and stay in chardi kala (high spirits). His heart warming campaign videos, strong persona and powerful ‘Love & Courage’ slogan, really reflects the universal values of Sikhi & sarbat da bhala (welfare for all).
The fact that he faced racism whilst growing up and handles it in a calm, effective manner as showcased when being confronted by a heckler (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-41231082/canada-s-jagmeet-singh-shows-how-to-handle-a-heckler), illustrates Singh’s ability to handle and diffuse tensions. By Singh being an ethnic minority, facing racism whilst growing up, and having parents who are from Panjab, India, showcases that you can achieve anything regardless of your background as long as you have the dedication, determination and drive, but most importantly love and courage.
You can listen back to my live BBC Radio piece about Singh’s success on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05gkxj9
We all have a duty as Sikhs to help, support and raise awareness about Singh’s campaign and each have a role to play in ensuing that he breaks boundaries further in the next Canadian election. Singh’s success could be the first step in a great social change for the world and the representation of all ethnic minorities. Now, let the jag (world) meet Singh with love and courage…
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By Anisha Kaur Johal
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