Robert Jenrick greets Sikh community on Vaisakhi; urges to “stay at home”

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick

UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick has extended Vaisakhi greetings to everyone celebrating in Britain and the world.

Vaisakhi, which falls on Monday, commemorates the creation of the Khalsa, a collective body of initiated Sikhs.

“Vaisakhi will be very different this year, but I know the strength of character and values of the Sikh community, born out of the Khalsa will be stronger now more than ever,” said the minister in his message.

However, Jenrick urged everyone to adhere to the rules and stay at home, which will “protect our NHS and save lives”.

“We all have a responsibility to protect each other, but it’s crucial that we follow the guidelines, however much we might be tempted, and stay in the safety of our own homes,” said Robert Jenrick.

“I know many families will be using the marvels of modern technology to participate in ‘nagar kirtan’ from their homes, celebrate with relatives and ensure that no one feels alone”.

He said that the beginning of a new year is the right time to help the most vulnerable.

The minister also extended his gratitude to the Sikh community in Britain for their ‘seva’ and inspiring contributions.

“The values of compassion, friendship and hope embodied by the community could not be more important in the world today,” Jenrick added.