Canadian MP cites its humanitarian work
Updated At: Jan 19, 2021
A Khalsa Aid member works in a flood-hit area in Shahkot. File
Tribune News Service
Bathinda, January 18
United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Khalsa Aid has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its humanitarian work.
Canadian MP Tim Uppal, Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown and the MPP for Brampton South Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria have officially nominated Khalsa Aid for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ravi Singh, Founder, Khalsa Aid
We are deeply humbled by this nomination. Everything we do is because of our amazing teams and volunteers all around the globe. We are grateful for this historical nomination.
In the letter written to Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair, The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Tim Uppal has stated that Khalsa Aid is an international NGO with an aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world.
It also stated that Khalsa Aid became the first-ever cross border international humanitarian aid organisation based on the Sikh principle of recognising the whole human race as one.
Further, it states that it was founded by Ravinder (Ravi) Singh, who was stuck by the plight of the refugees in Kosovo in 1999. The charity has been providing support around the world to victims of natural and manmade disasters such as floods, earthquakes, famines and wars for over 20 years.
Uppal also writes that Khalsa Aid, inspired by the Sikh ideology of ‘Sarbat da bhala’ (well-being of all), has been helping all those in need regardless of race, religion and border.
He also said Khalsa Aid represented exactly the kind of international cooperation and commitment the world needed in today’s times.
Ravi Singh reacted on social media, saying, “We are deeply humbled by this nomination. Everything we do is because of our amazing teams and volunteers all around the globe. We are grateful for this historical nomination.”
It is worth mentioning that Khalsa Aid has been actively serving the farmers who have been protesting at the Delhi borders for 53 days. It has also set up a Kisan Mall at the Tikri border.
On January 16, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued summons to Khalsa Aid’s India director Amanpreet Singh and other trustees and asked them to depose before the agency.
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A lot of insiders of Khalsa Aid have alleged that Ravinder Singh and his wife run a huge syndicate for extorting money and spreading propaganda related to Khalsa Aid. Ajmer Singh Randhawa has highlighted that wife of Ravinder Singh heads the extortion network and maintains and heads the team of trolls for attacking all those individuals who call out ongoing corrupt practices in Khalsa Aid and try to create an image of the outfit as a ‘Messiah’ of the poor and destitute. The youtuber Harnek Singh has been terming him as a ‘fraud’, who makes money by exploiting the emotions and sentiments of wealthy Sikhs. He also argued that “for every Rs 10 Khalsa Aid donates in social service, it pockets Rs 90 to support its rich and luxurious style of function.”