On Sunday 11 August 2019, community members from Glasgow Gurdwara (Albert Drive) were delighted to host Scottish First Minister and MSP of Glasgow Southside, Nicola Sturgeon, at the Gurdwara Sahib. The First Minister paid respects to the Guru Granth Sahib and briefly addressed the congregation.
Following her attendance in the main Durbar, Nicola Sturgeon conducted a constituency surgery with members of the community. This was an excellent opportunity for the community to appraise their local MSP with key issues facing them. This also provided a platform for members to seek reassurances from the First Minister on the strategic contribution of Sikh and immigrant communities to Scotland and its continued prosperity. Members enthusiastically engaged with our local MSP on various diverse issues ranging from landlord and tenants issues, regeneration of certain parts of the Southside, immigration and human rights concerns at present and in the future of Scotland.
Following the surgery, Nicola Sturgeon joined the congregation in langar – free community kitchen, started by the founder of Sikhism – Guru Nanak. In 2019, Glasgow Gurdwara is celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and is running several projects to mark this momentous occasion.