New Delhi: The President of India Pranab Mukherjee, on the occasion of Vaisakhi, has extended his warm greetings and good wishes to all citizens, especially to those who are engaged in cultivation and farming.
In a statement, the President said: “May this celebration of nature’s bounty inspire us to strengthen our contribution to the nation’s prosperity and remind us of the invaluable service rendered to the nation by our farmers and agricultural labourers.”
Vice President M Hamid Ansari has also greeted the people of India on the joyous occasion of Vaisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Masadi, Vaishkhadi and Bahag Bihu. In his message, he has said that may these festivals, which herald the commencement of the harvest season, shower peace, prosperity and happiness
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued the following statement to mark Vaisakhi:
“On this day, Laureen and I offer our warmest wishes to the entire Sikh community in Canada and around the world as they celebrate Vaisakhi.
“Vaisakhi is one of the most important observances of the year for Sikhs. It commemorates the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It also marks the beginning of a new year in many parts of India and around the world. For many, it is a time to gather at gurdwaras to pray, read from the sacred scripture and meditate, as well as celebrate with family and friends at vibrant parades and processions.
“Canada is home to one of the largest Sikh populations outside of India. Today, we reflect on the many contributions of the Sikh community in all areas of endeavour.”
Leader of Official Opposition in Canada Tom Mulcair has said in a message:
“On behalf of the New Democratic Party of Canada, I would like to wish all those celebrating across the nation a very happy Vaisakhi.
“This year marks the 315th anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the mother of the Khalsa Mata Sahib Kaur Ji.
“The Khalsa’s commitment to justice and equality are values cherished by the NDP.
Extending greetings and best wishes to everyone in India, Britain and around the world celebrating Vaisakhi, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a message: I know this is an incredibly important time for the Sikh community as families and friends come together to commemorate the birth of the Khalsa and give thanks. From Southall to Sunderland, from Ottawa to Amritsar, Sikhs around the world will be marking Vaisakhi with vibrant parades and celebrations with homes, Gurdwaras and entire neighbourhoods bursting into life with decorations and colour.
Cameron has praised the British Sikhs for enriching the UK for over 160 years. Whether it is in the fields of enterprise or business, education, public service or civil society Britain’s Sikhs are a success story and model community.
Underscoring the values of Sikhism – of compassion, peace and equality – in practice, Cameron has pointed out how Sikh and Asian businessmen and women are boosting the British economy by creating jobs and opportunities. But this contribution is not just a recent thing it goes back many, many years and was never more starkly demonstrated than 100 years ago during the First World War.
Recalling the role of the Indian soldiers, many of whom were Sikh, who fought bravely alongside the Allies in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in Northern France, Cameron has paid tribute to those men who travelled far from home and fought and died with their comrades in the fight for freedom. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten, he said adding: “let us commemorate the birth of a great religion, let us give thanks for everything the Sikh community does for Britain and let us celebrate the successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracy country that we are.”