Over the last few years many individuals have received honours for faith and interfaith work. These awards have recognised and highlighted some of the most valuable contributions made by individuals and organisations across the UK.
Among those receiving Queen’s Honours for such important work is Dr Sadhu Singh Gakhal, one of 16 Indian-origin men and women in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Dr Sadhu Singh Gakhal of Wolverhampton has received an MBE for his services to the Sikh community. He is currently the vice chairman of British Sikh Consultative Forum, which represents around 30% of Wolverhampton’s population.
Established 2002, The BSCF provides a forum for Sikh organisations to come together for mutual consultation and it provides a central point for interaction with government, national bodies, organisations and other communities.
Over a number of years Dr. Sadhu Singh Gakhal has been dedicated community leader and spokesperson. His work has fostered developments in education, intercultural dialogue, understanding and consensus.
Other members of the Asian Community recognised in the New Year’s Honours list include: Muhammad Khawar Amin Mann, a Founding Member and Chair of Mosaic, for voluntary and charitable service. Mosaic is a fine example of the big society in action. It provides mentoring programmes for young people growing up in our most deprived communities.
While the New Year Honour’s List marked a watershed for women, people from ethnic minority communities are still underrepresented. This balance will only be redressed if more people from ethnic minority communities are nominated.