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Missionary Society author S. Gurmukh Singh OBE
Sikh Missionary Society author S. Gurmukh Singh OBE
Gurmukh Singh (born 11 September 1938) is a prominent British Sikh
community mentor and social activist. He retired from the position
of a Principal Civil Servant in June 1996 and has promoted distinct
Sikh identity and community participation in the multi-cultural
British society. His interpretation of Sikh ideology in the context
of modern issues has been widely acclaimed by Sikh scholars.
He arrived in the UK in 1960 and joined the Board of Trade (later
Department of Trade and Industry) in December 1962. He achieved four
promotions during a changing race relations period, while retaining
his full identity as a Sikh.
He held many high profile positions in the department while serving
in over 12 diverse areas of trade and industry and was also on
secondment for five years as the Personnel and Staff Training
Manager at the National Economic Development Office (NEDO). He was
the first identity Sikh to represent a UK civil service department
at European forums and the GATT (later the World Trade Organisation)
at First Secretary equivalent position. On promotion to a policy
Principal, he served for 9 years and retired in June 1996 from the
Aerospace Division of the Department of Trade and Industry.
Following retirement, he has devoted his full time to community
service, supporting and advising many nationwide Sikh organisations,
local representatives and Members of Parliament. Through his faith
advisory services for many groups within the community, he has
played a significant catalytic role in keeping UK Sikh affairs on an
even keel, while promoting transparency in Sikh-Government
He is closely associated with the original open British Sikh
Consultative Forum (BSCF) which brought diverse nationwide Sikh
organisations around one table on major issues concerning UK Sikhs.
He is serving by invitation as Member of the Board of Jathedars of
the Sikh Council UK. He is the Convenor of The Sikh Missionary
Society UK Advisory Board. He writes extensively and has produced
many publications including translations and Sikh centennial
souvenirs and a Sikh Australian publication about Vaisakhi, and
numerous articles on topical issues affecting British Sikhs. Through
his writings he has promoted Sikh social activism and charities
working in diverse fields outside gurdwaras (Sikh places of
Over the years, he has given talks and media briefings. In recent
years, he has interpreted Sikh scriptures in the context of
21st-century issues. The topics include environmental and the Earth
Charter topics, Sikh religious view on ageing and care of the
elderly, issues concerning advances in science, and many other
educational and welfare topics. He wrote a weekly column in The Sikh
Times published by the Eastern Media Group, for a number of years,
and now writes a weekly lead column in English "News & Views" in
the UK's Panjab Times.
Awards and honours
Honoured by Canadian Sikhs with “Sirdar Kapoor Singh” Khalsa
Millennium Award in 2001 in recognition of his scholarly
interpretation of Sikh ideology.
Honoured by the Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Ludhiana, India, the
Sikh Missionary Society UK and by Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib
(supreme Sikh religious institute) for his services to the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the first ever Guru Nanak Dev ji's
Parkaash (birthday) Gurpurb event at the UK Parliament organised by
the All Parties 1Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs, the Sikh
Network and the Sikh Federation (UK).
Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the
2016 New Year Honours for his services to Community Cohesion and to
Honoured by the British Community Honours Awards at the House of
Lords on 21 October 2016.
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