Khalsa Aid CEO Ravi Singh refuses ‘Indian of the Year’ Award nomination.
Internationally renowned humanitarian Ravi Singh respectfully declined an Indian award nomination this week, saying: ‘I don’t identify myself as Indian.’
Singh announced his declining of the award on his personal facebook profile on 22 May, having been nominated for the prize of ‘Indian of the Year’ from an undisclosed organisation. The move saw him receive hundreds of messages of support for taking the principled stance based on his own identity.
Singh founded Sikh ethos humanitarian charity Khalsa Aid in 1999.
Throughout that time, Singh has consistently campaigned for justice for all the Sikhs who were killed, tortured, and suffered at the hands of the Indian authorities, especially in 1984 during the Sikh genocide.
In recognising this oppression and injustice by the Indian state, Singh identifies as Sikh and Punjabi, but not Indian.
His social media timelines are frequently punctuated with reminders about the Sikh Genocide in 1984 and the fact that many of its perpetrators roam free to this day.