Preet Kaur Gill MP was invited to give a key note address at the University of Birmingham's event to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh Dharam (faith or religion).
The event gave the opportunity to learn about the teachings from Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life and legacy, under the theme of ‘Civic responsibility from a faith perspective’. The event allowed diverse faith communities and Civic Leaders of Birmingham and the UK, to come together and participate in the celebrations.
In her speech, Preet said:
"In his life Guru Nanak Dev Ji sought to teach us that there is one fundamental barrier that we all must each overcome: haumai, literally meaning “I myself"
His is a message that says we are not individuals that should struggle against one another, but a global community who have a duty to each other – to fight injustice and division, and promote harmony, equality, and peace.
I am extremely proud to be the first Sikh woman to become a British Member of Parliament.
However, this of course is not just my achievement, but the achievement of generations of activists and campaigners who have come before me, and the visionaries like Guru Nanak Dev Ji who espoused this principle of equality before its time."