THE Indo-Canadian Workers Association held a public meeting to pay tributes to Shaheed e Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the heroes of Indian freedom struggle. The meeting was held at Bear Creek Park in Surrey, Canada on April 2. It was presided over by Surinder Dhesi, president of ICWA and attended by well known personalities and activists including ex MP Jinny Sims. A large number of people from all walks of life participated.
Manjit Singh Dhillon, the grandson of Gadharite Niranjan Singh Pandori started the meeting with a poem dedicated to the sacrifice of Bhagat Singh. ICWA's media co- ordinator Surinder Sangha spoke and gave an overview of the sacrifices made by Ghadarites and Bhai Balwant Singh. He said due to their sacrifices and struggles, today we are enjoying the freedom and facilities on this land. Referring to the coming up provincial election, Surinder asked the people to use their right to vote which was achieved through long struggles by immigrant communities.
Amrit Diwana read his poem (nazm) named "Nastik Soch" which was applauded by the audience. ICWA's vice president spoke about the current problems of taxi industries in the lower mainland due to the government's decision in favour of Uber to operate in Vancouver in the coming future.
Other speakers were Bahadur Malhi, Amarjit Brar, Surinder Dhesi, Jinny Sims and among the organisers of the meeting were Pinder Badesha, Hardeep Gill, Jaspreet Singh and Joga Randhawa.
Harinderjit Singh Sandhu, secretary of the ICWA moderated the meeting. Kulwant Dhesi spoke about the current political situation and upcoming election. He concluded the meeting by thanking the participants and all volunteers. The meeting got wide coverage in local media and social media.