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Slough, UK (February 9, 2012)–This past weekend saw the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Slough’s Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, attended by over 200 members which included a large group of Naujwaan (youth). The AGM was called to discuss the opening of the new Sikh Centre, its uses, and other pressing issues.

It had been rumoured that some anti panthik elements of the community wanted to use the Sikh Centre for manmat activities, including a party hall with meat and sharaab. The large attendance of young people and sangat put mass pressure that Sikhi based principles and Rehit Maryada became the focal point for decisions being made.

The Naujwaan group presented their concerns on the consumption of meat and alcohol on the premises with such finesse that the committee and a majority of the attending members were forced to resolve the issue by agreeing to follow Gurmat Rehat Maryada.

The new resolution states that when the new centre opens, no meat or alcohol will be allowed onto the premises for consumption, leaving the remaining committee members concerned on how the £15,000+ loan will be repaid as cultural wedding parties will no longer be acceptable under the new resolution.

The resolution may come as a shock to those who do not currently follow the teachings of Sikhi in their daily lives, but with Guru Ji’s grace, the change will hopefully bring an increased awareness of Sikhi principles into Slough’s sangat and aid them in implementing Sikhi into their celebrations.

This peaceful resolution was brought about by the pressure of local youth coming together to ensure Gurmat practices were implemented in the running of the complex and is a great success story about positive change.

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This is extremely positive news. It goes to show when Sangat unites and takes PRE-EMPTIVE steps to stop Beadbi, corrupt committee members have no choice. Much better that it was nipped in the bud now, than Sangat having to raise their voice when the hall had taken bookings for parties, and disrupting peoples' personal functions.

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