Sikh Federation – UK Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations meet and unanimously back separate Sikh ethnic tick box in Census 2021

London – UK, 03 September 2018. The Sikh Council UK facilitated an open community wide Panthic meeting inviting all Gurdwaras, Sikh organisations and individual members of the Sikh community.

The urgent meeting called with just a couple of days notice was necessary following revelations in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission Report.

Over 50 Gurdwaras and organisations were represented and unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution condemning the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Those present from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations were also provided an update on the campaign for a Sikh ethnic tick box for the Census 2021 and a handful of individuals trying to undermine the community demand.

A resolution was passed affirming Sikhs are a distinct Quom (Nation) as well as a religion and supported the call for a Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021.

The resolution made reference to the historic Mandla v Dowell Lee case 35 years ago and the law of the land being incontrovertible that Sikhs constitute a distinct ethnic group.

The meeting resolved for a submission in support of a Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021 on behalf of Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations in attendance to be sent to the UK Statistics Authority, Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Cabinet Office and copied to the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs before a final decision is made for the census White Paper 2018.

Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“The UK Statistics Authority and ONS are well aware of the demand for a Sikh ethnic tick box from over 83,000 individuals in the last Census, 93.5% of respondents to the UK Sikh Survey and unanimous support from all 112 Gurdwaras that completed returns for MPs to submit to the ONS.”

“The resolution at the Panthic meeting simply reinforced what they already know. They have taken legal advice regarding Sikhs and Jews constituting ethnic groups. Their submission to the Cabinet Office for the Census White Paper 2018 cannot ignore the legal position, community demand and cross-party political support.”

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)
Sikh Federation <sikhfederationuk@yahoo.co.uk>

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