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'Diwali celebrates best of Britain'

Eastern Eye, 1 November 2023

The Labour MP for Edgbaston in Birmingham, Preet Kaur Gill, added her voice to calls for peace.

“I think these celebrations are particularly poignant at a time when we are seeing so much conflict around the world,” she told Eastern Eye.

“Both celebrations are rooted in the fight for social justice, in standing up for what’s right, whether the issue affects you directly or not.

“Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas shine light on the kind of solidarity we need to see more of in the UK, and throughout the world.

“That’s what these celebrations are all about for the Sikh and Hindu communities – they’re about focussing on our shared humanity, on the thing that connects us all as people.

“What we need now is to find a path back to peace – that will be in the minds of many who are celebrating and praying for the betterment of the world as part of these festivities.”

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