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Glasgow Gurdwara Strongly Condemns Disruption of Indian High Commissioner’s Visit

The Glasgow Gurdwara has vehemently condemned an incident involving the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami, who encountered disruptions during his planned interaction at the religious site. The Gurdwara expressed its disapproval of what it referred to as “disorderly behavior,” carried out by unidentified individuals from outside the Glasgow area. Moreover, it reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to maintaining an open and inclusive environment for people from all communities and backgrounds.

Details of the Incident

The incident transpired on September 29, 2023, during Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami’s personal visit, which had been facilitated by a Scottish Member of Parliament. These disruptions by unidentified individuals not associated with the Glasgow area compelled the visiting party to leave the premises. The incident occurred during a planned interaction involving the Indian High Commissioner and was attributed to “extremist elements.” The disruptive behavior persisted, leading to an ongoing inquiry by the Scotland Police.

Response and Condemnation

The Indian High Commission promptly reported the incident to UK authorities, deeming it a “disgraceful incident” in which individuals from outside Scotland intentionally disrupted a planned interaction organized for the Indian High Commissioner. This disruption has garnered strong condemnation from various British Members of Parliament, including Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the UK’s Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific.

The Glasgow Gurdwara firmly stands against any attempts to disrupt the peaceful proceedings of a Sikh place of worship, emphasizing its commitment to an open-door policy rooted in its principles of faith.


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