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Akali Dal MP, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Visits Indianapolis


Indian MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Visits Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana , Nov. 26, 2008
Maninder Singh Walia

Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Member of Parliament India, paid a brief visit to Indianapolis last week. During his visit with his family in Indianapolis, Mr. Dhindsa took time out to attend a special reception in his honor organized by Amarbir Ghuman, Harry Ghuman, and their business partner Mr. Grewal, and co-sponsored by

The Hoosier Sikh Americans of Indiana. The reception at The India Palace Restaurant was attended by over 100 friends and supporters, and some of them traveled from Illinois, Michigan, Texas Tennessee, Kentucky, and from throughout Indiana to greet the distinguished guest.

Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was greeted by several community leaders among them Jasbir Singh Lalli President and Harpreet Singh Sandhu, Maninder Singh Walia, and Avtar Singh, Trustees of The Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis, Ghuman Brothers, K. P Singh, a community leader; members of the Punjabi Cultural Society of Indiana; Varinder Sahi, a businessman in real estates; Baljeet Singh Oberoi, CEO of South Asia One Newspaper, Prithpal Singh Gothra, businessman from Merrilville, Indiana; Baldev Singh, President of Shromani Akali Dal Midwest, and others. Dr. Harjinder Singh Khaira, a community leader in Chicago Served as the Master of Ceremony for the Reception.

Each speaker expressed great joy, appreciation, and for the distinct honor of seeing Mr. Dhindsa in Indiana. They applauded great admiration for Mr. Dhindsa’s career achievements and rising to such prominence in Indian politics, his advocacy and support of humanitarian causes of justice, human dignity, and moral responsibility as a leader. Mr. Dhindsa, in his brief remarks showed deep appreciation for the warm hospitality extended to him during his Indiana visit. He recognized the efforts and achievements of the Sikh Americans and their significant contributions in many fields that are bringing honor to the Sikh community, India, and to the Asia as an emerging superpower.

Sardar Dhindsa was given several mementos, including a Shawl from Ghuman Brothers and Grewal Family and a special plaque by Punjabi Cultural Society of Indianapolis. The Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis presented to the honored guest a piece of art of an Indianapolis landmark and a signed copy of the book “ The Art and the Spirit of K.P. Singh~ Selected Drawings and Writings” by artist, author, and community sewak, and long-time Indiana resident, K.P. Singh.

Sardar Dhindsa rose from modest background and circumstances by his tireless hard work, sacrifice and determination, and deep abiding faith in the Commandments and lessons of his Sikh faith. He has advocated and championed the cause of justice, sacred rights, and human dignity of all communities and faiths in India and around the world with his words, commitments, and personnel examples. As KP Singh said in his brief remarks about the honored guest “ Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa represents what is good, possible, reassuring and right about humanity in these troubled times.”

Sardar Dhindsa, as a Member of the Indian Delegation, was in the United States to attend the 63rd UN General Assembly on November 10, 2008. He gave statement on behalf of the Government of India regarding strengthening of the coordination of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance of the United Nations to countries and regions that are facing special and catastrophic challenges.

Sardar Dhindsa has served his native Punjab and the country of India in many distinguished capacities and diverse areas over the past 50 years. Among these appointments were positions in the Punjab Legislative Assembly, in many Committees such as Agriculture, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Communications; The Minister of State Holding the Portfolios of Transport, National Sports, Tourism, Culture Affairs, Civil Aviation, Government of India. Sardar Dhindsa was elected to and briefly served in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament. He has also been deeply involved in sports. He was President of Cycling Federation of India, Punjabi Olympic Association, Punjab Boxing Association, Punjab Rowing Association, and Indian Olympic Association. These are only a few highlights of his long and distinguished biography. Sardar Dhindsa has been called upon often by the Central Government to represent India at major international forums and conferences. Sardar Dhindsa’s wide travels into many regions for international assignments include: USA, Canada, U.K., Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia, and Dubai. His diverse experience and participation in diplomatic, legislative, and humanitarian issues that makes him one of the truly eminent representative of India and an internationally-recognized Sikh leader.



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