Khalsa Aid India works on the principle “Recognize the whole human race as one, to serve humanity”. When the Sikhs were at war with the Mughals, Bhai Ghanaiyaji (a disciple of Sikh guru Tegh Bahadur) provided water and first aid to both Sikh and Muslim victims.
A bunch of volunteers – Amarpreet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Nazia Kamboj, Inderjeet Singh and Kulbeer Singh; have very earnestly been serving tea to the protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia and India Gate during the entire span of the CAA protests. 29-year-old Amarpreet, is the director of a charitable trust named Khalsa Aid India.
Seeking inspiration from Bhai Ghanaiyaji, Amarpreet and his team serve people irrespective of caste, class, religion or gender. It is this very sentiment that prompted them to help the students of Jamia Millia Islamia. At a time when student protests are being politicized, volunteers of Khalsa Aid India are striving to help humankind, “irrespective of their tags”.
When Amarpreet Singh learnt the students had not had any food or water, he decided to offer help by bringing water bottles and cups of tea. Gradually, students started gathering in large numbers to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. By afternoon, Singh had served tea to at least 2,000 students.
But Amarpreet admits that during such times, it is very difficult to deliver aid without being labelled. Amarpreet, whose team has about 23,000 volunteers, often get labelled as anti-nationals for supporting and assisting people irrespective of caste or religion.
They served water to protesting farmers during the long march in Maharashtra last year. They sent essential packs such as tarpaulin sheets, mosquito nets, medical kits and clothing during the Kerala floods. Renovated three schools. When Kashmiri students were attacked, Amarpreet’s team arranged buses and vans to get 600 Kashmiri students to Punjab first, and then sent them to Kashmir under the protection of Punjab police. Khalsa Aid India also undertake long term rehabilitation projects, requiring heavy investment.
Going by their strong ability and good will, they often receive more than what is needed for a worthy cause. For instance, Khalsa Aid India’s budget for the Punjab floods this year was ₹1.5 crore but they received ₹18 crore.
Such selfless acts are truly inspiring and is the need for the world right now. The Khalsa Aid is a perfect example of how selfless acts can be truly rewarding for the whole of mankind.