Gandhi Sewa Gold Medal conferred upon Shudh Parkash Singh
New York (Nov. 12, 2014):At a glittering ceremony in New York City, Shudh Parkash Singh - a well known community leader in America was honored with the prestigious "Gandhi Sewa Gold Medal" by the "Gandhi Global Family" (GGF) - an organization spread over 44 countries promoting peace and Gandhian ideology.
"The first American to receive this award was Hon. Bill Clinton, whom we presented the medal at the Raj Ghat Delhi during his first visit to India as President of United States", announced Shri SP Varma, Vice President of GGF, "Shudh Ji is the second American to receive this international award." The other recipients include Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and many celebrities across the globe, he added.
On this occasion, the visiting officials of GGF also launched New York chapter of the Gandhi Global Family.
They appointed Mandeep Singh Shahi as Convener and Budh Singh as co-Convener while Gurdeep Singh was given position of a coordinator. Mandeep Singh in his speech assured the visiting delegation to expand the organization in New York. Gurminder Singh Talwandi ran the program as Master of ceremonies. Charan Singh, Chairman of INOC Haryana chapter congratulated the honoree Shudh Parkash Singh and the new appointees.
Shudh Parkash Singh in his acceptance address disclosed how uninformed most youth including himself were in Punjab about Mahatma Gandhi. " We used to love, adore life of Shahids like Bhagat Singh and dislike the teachings of the Mahatma. But as I grew and learned more about Gandhi Ji, I became his ardent admirer. After immigrating to America, I found how highly Gandhi Ji is respected abroad. Leaders from Africa to America follow Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy."
He further said " I feel humbled and share this gold medal with everyone who believe in love and peace. "
SP Varma later spoke at length about the activities of GGF all over the world. He said we chose Shudh Ji because of his community services and work done by his foundation in India. "Shudh Parkash Ji is perfect model of Gandhi family, richly deserving this prestigious award. "
Gurdeep Singh, coordinator and host of the event thanked everyone for attending the function at short notice.