Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI—While the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued notices to Khalsa Aid, a UK-based international humanitarian organization, the NGO announced that it has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Canadian MP Tim Uppal, Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown, and the MP for Brampton South, Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria.
Khalsa Aid is among several farm leaders and individuals involved in extending assistance and support to farmers protesting against the controversial Farm Bills. Khalsa Aid has provided food, shelter, medicines and fire extinguishers etc at the site near Delhi where farmers are protesting.
On its Facebook Page, the NGO said, “We are deeply humbled by this nomination. Everything we do is thanks to our amazing teams and volunteers all around the globe. We are grateful for this historical nomination”.
The nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize was made on January 14, 2021.
In his letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee chairperson Berit Reiss-Andersen, MP Uppal, while nominating Khalsa Aid, said, “As the Members of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods in the Parliament of Canada, I am honoured to nominated Khalsa Aid for the Nobel Peace Prize, with support from the Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South and Mayor of Brampton, His Worship Patrick Brown. Khalsai Aid is an international NGO with the aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world”.
Stating that the Khalsa Aid is an international humanitarian organization based on the Sikh ideology of “Sarbat da Khalsa” meaning “well being for all” and on the Sikh principle of ‘recognising the whole human race as one’, the letter said that it was founded by Ravinder (Ravi) Singh after he was struck by the plight of refugees in Kosovo in 1999.
The letter listed the major aid work it has done all over the globe since its establishment.
According to the letter, the NGO provided humanitarian aid to victims of Turkey Earthquake in 1999, Odisha Cyclone victims in 2000, Gujarat Earthquake victims in 2001, launched a relief programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in 2002, provided educational material and financial support to minority communities in Afghanistan in 2003 and helped victims of Indonesian Tsunami in 2006 etc.
The letter says, “This year alone, they have assisted hundreds of thousands of people across the world experiencing different hardships. They have been providing protesters from across India with shelter, clothing, food, water, first-aid-kits, hygiene products, and even fire extinguishers at the encampment site by the Delhi border in India”.
“As such, we believe Khalsa Aid is a very worthy international agency that has demonstrated effective work all around the world by providing much needed assistance. We hope your committee will recognize them with the Nobel Peace Prize. Thank you for considering the nomination”, the letter ends.