US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and President-elect Joe Biden extended their warmest greetings and wish to the Sikh community around the world on the occasion of Gurupurab, which is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Harris, Biden share a joint statement to wish Sikhs around the world
In a joint statement, Harris and Biden said, “To our Sikh friends across the US and around the world, we send our warmest wishes as you observe the anniversary of birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.” They specially thanked the Sikh community in the United States for opening ‘their hearts and community kitchens’ of the gurudwaras for delivering and serving ‘countless meals’ to people in midst of the coronavirus pandemic. “Grateful to all Sikh Americans who continue to stand by their neighbours as essential workers of pandemic,” the joint statement by Kamala Harris and Joe Biden read.
Joint statement by President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on the anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's birth: pic.twitter.com/GOQXHk64pb
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) December 1, 2020
They also appreciated the fact that the community lends its support towards developing religious pluralism and equality. “During the summer of protest, we saw Sikhs of all ages marching peacefully for racial and gender equality, religious pluralism and fidelity to truth and justice – core tenets of Sikh faith and central to who we all are as Americans,” it said.
Universal message of unity
The statement towards the end said that Guru Nanak’s ‘timeless and universal message of compassion and unity’ should be propagated widely for the nation to heal as one.
On Diwali, similar messages of greetings were shared by Biden and Harris. They both, in their tweets, said “Sal Mubarak”, while wishing the ones celebrating health and prosperity. Greetings were shared by the vice president-elect and president-elect on Navratri too.
Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak! @DouglasEmhoff and I wish everyone celebrating around the world a safe, healthy, and joyous new year.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 14, 2020
.@DouglasEmhoff and I wish our Hindu American friends and family, and all those celebrating, a very Happy Navratri! May this holiday serve as an inspiration to all of us to lift up our communities and build a more inclusive and just America.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 17, 2020
The Biden-Harris have many ‘firsts’ to their credit. With Kamala Harris being the first woman of colour to serve as the vice-president of the United States, many barriers have been broken. It was recently announced that an all-woman communications team is appointed to the White House by the Biden-Harris administration. Many people of colour] have been appointed and nominated for ‘Joe Biden’s Presidential Transition Team’.
Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV