December 26, 2010 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Jalandhar (December 25, 2010): Committing themselves to upholding respect for Punjabi in all walks of life, two year old youth body, Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP) resolved to launch a sustained campaign in 2011 to ensure implementation of Punjabi in government offices, private companies, multi-national companies, schools, colleges and universities in Punjab.
Addressing an impressive gathering of young school and college going youth on the occasion of the second anniversary of the body, President Gurpreet Singh Mann said that they will spare no effort to ensure that Punjabi is implemented in Punjab. All organizations who default in doing so would be exposed and wherever necessary legal action would be taken.
Gurpreet Singh Mann further said his body of Sikh youth was committed to revival of the grace and glorious traditions of Sikh culture and uprooting of the growth and proliferation of a demeaning sub-culture in the Punjab.
Declaring their party motto as Healthy Punjab- Drug free Punjab, he said the drug abuse is number one problem of Punjab today. The gathering appealed to all Punjabis not to vote for those who distribute alcohol and drugs to influence the voters.
The Sikh Youth of Punjab was launched at Amritsar with the declared purpose of “empowering and harnessing youth power for the welfare and growth of the Sikh nation.”
Punjanb and Haryana High Court Advocate and human rights activist Navkiran Singh, who was chief guest, spoke on the need for constructive role to be played by youth for building a new leadership in Punjab. Addressing the youth, he realized them that rights have responsibilities attached with it. Dwelling upon the reasons why the youth was drifting away from being religious, he lambasted the double standards of the present-day Sikh leadership and encouraged the youth to look upon Sikh historical personalities as their role models. “The new generation should equip itself to meet modern challenges, particularly to meet the identity crisis in India and the rest of the world.” said Navkiran Singh in his concluding remarks.
The gathering of around 250 young Sikhs unanimously extended one year term of Gurpreet Singh Mann for post of party president. Noblejeet Singh was elected vice-president and Parbhjot Singh as spokesperson in addition to secretary publications. Tarjinder Singh Sohal was nominated as general secretary while law graduate Vishawjeet Singh was designated Secretary for human rights affairs. Three organizing secretaries were appointed to strengthen the body at grassroots level. Former head Ranbir Singh was been named as Advisor to the body.
According to a news release issued on Saturday evening, a 30-member working committee will run the affairs of SYP.
Releasing the policy document of the organization, general secretary Tarjinder Singh said their group (SYP) holds the vision of a New Punjab living up to the ideals of the great . “Our vision of a New Punjab is a Punjab based on fundamental principles of democracy, inclusive growth of all sections of society, respect for mother tongue Punjabi and fulfillment of rightful and legitimate political aspirations of the people without fear, favour or hindrance from any quarter”.
Taking a serious note of the demeaning sub-culture that pervades their lives today in Punjab, another senior leader Parbhjot Singh said a new culture of convenience, nepotism and corruption has been thrust on the people of the state. He said, “SYP is committed to undo the effects of this trend on the new generation”
Dal Khalsa president H S Dhami and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh who were present on the occasion to give their ‘blessings’ to youngsters, educated them of the current pitfalls of nepotism, corruption and chicanery and urged them not to fall victim to these.
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