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BIJA Committee Member receives OBE

Amrit Singh Maan, a long standing BIJA committee member, is among those named on the New Year’s Honours List 2022. Amrit has been awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to Charity and Community.

An unassuming philanthropist within the Sikh and many other communities, Amrit has been supporting charities and organisations that engage mostly with the homeless, the Armed Forces, and Heritage and the Arts for several years. He has sponsored almost £1m’s worth of meals to the British public, several landmark community events, exhibitions and talks, and since the pandemic began in March 2020, has provided over 200,000 meals to those in need.

In addition, as a solicitor he has provided pro bono assistance to hundreds of victims of crime and traumatic events and given free legal and business advice to small businesses and organisations to date. Responding, Amrit said:

  • I feel truly humbled to have received this honour for services to charity and community. Seva, selfless service, for the community has been the ethos of our family business since it was founded, and I accept this honour not just for me, but on behalf of the generations that came before me who made huge sacrifices, took chances, and shared their spirit with me.

Dr Peter Chadha, co-chair of the British Indian Jewish Association (BIJA) commends Amrit’s work, saying:

  • “We are delighted that Amrit Mann OBE joins Reena Ranger OBE, as our second committee member that has been honoured for their contributions to our British Indian & Jewish communities, where he has been contributing tirelessly; as well recognising his wide array of voluntary efforts in wider community.”


Response to Queen's Speech 2020

Letter published in the The Times by our co-chair Dr Peter Chadha

28/12/2020

PRAISING THE QUEEN (Unabridged text)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

The Queen’s Christmas message was a multi-faith masterclass. It was addressed to people of all faiths and none facing the common scourge of Covid-19. At the start of her reign, the UK was a small overwhelming Christian country, with a Jewish minority, and some other small faith communities. The Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities already had small institutions – the first Sikh Gurdwara, for example, was founded in London in 1911, but had yet to build up their numbers. This happened in the post-War years, with migrations from Asian and African countries.

Nowadays, Britain is a multi-faith nation. The last census, in 2011, showed that approximately 10% of people belong to non-Christian faiths and this has been growing fast. The subtle references in the Queen’s Christmas broadcast recognise these changes, and serve to reinforce the ties between minority groups and the UK.