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David Cameron says UK open to Sikh as head of armed forces, judiciary

April 11, 2014 | By

London, United Kingdom (April 11, 2014): According to information British Prime Minister David Cameron has for the first time said that UK is open to having a Sikh as the head of its armed forces or as a chief justice in its judiciary.

Hosting a Baisakhi celebration at 10 Downing Street, Cameron heaped high praise on “the hard working” Sikh community in UK and invited more from the community to enter British parliament.

David Cameron, British Prime Minister

David Cameron, British Prime Ministera

According to Times of India (TOI): [r]eferring to the “hard work so many Sikhs now do in our parliament,” Cameron said “Not enough – I’m proud that we have in Paul Uppal a British Sikh on Conservative benches, Paul is here working hard, but we shouldn’t rest until we see more British Sikhs on green benches and red benches, until we see more British Sikhs at the top of every one of our organisations – whether that is our army, or our judiciary – not because we should believe in tokenism, but because we believe, I believe, that we won’t access the talent of our country unless we demonstrate that everyone from every background and faith can get to the top of any organization that they choose and that is so important for our country”.

The statement came amid calls of boycott of 10 Downing street Baisakhi celebrations. The boycott was called by Network of Sikh Organizations (NSO) led by Lord Inderjit Singh in protest against UK Government’s denial to hold independent public inquiry into UK’s links with Indian army’s June 1984 attack on Darbar Sahib.

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