Theresa May visited a Gurdwara for Vaisakhi, but many British Sikhs are unhappy about it
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 12th April 2018

Its not unusual for politicians to visit places of worship, including Gurdwaras. But now many British Sikhs are increasingly asking if their concerns are being listened to.

Yesterday the UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Walsall, Midlands, to mark festival of Vaisakhi, which is on 14th April. Her office tweeted:

The Gurdwara posted a short video of the event and added it had been "a delight to receive and welcome" the Prime Minister.

But on social media, many Sikhs did not share the sentiment.

"Haha this for real? Did anyone ask her why Jaggi is still sat in a jail in India? Why there hasn’t been any follow up to why the Conservatives supported the 84 attack of Harmandir Sahib? Gurdwara committees spending too much time looking out for themselves. No wonder this wasn’t advertised..." wrote Raj Singh Bansal on the Gurdwara's Facebook page.

Jas Singh, a co-author of the Sikh Manifesto, added: "Lehlo and were any key Sikh issues raised like free Jaggi or 1984 uk govt papers, maybe even some sikh hate crime or grooming issues?? Doubt it, people who would raise these for the community were probably kept well away!!"

Many Sikhs made similar remarks on Twitter

There was support for the PM's visit too, from Tory Sikhs.

But most of the response was nevertheless negative.

The UK government has been criticised numerous times for ignoring the plight of Jagtar Singh Johal, a British man who has been imprisoned in India for over 150 days without charge.

Article published on 12th April 2018 in the Politics section

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