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Punjabi Sahitik (Literary) Forum Sydney held its Second Conference

December 4, 2017
Contributor - Harmohan Singh Walia

Harmohan Singh Walia or Harry Walia as he is popularly known was an Olympic Torchbearer in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana in 1973 and post graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Thaper University Patiala in 1987.

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Newly formed “Punjabi Sahitik Forum”, Sydney organised its second conference at the Sikh Centre, Glenwood on 26 November 2017. The topics of discussion were historical events from Khalsa Sajna Divas (1699) to the establishment of Sikh Raj (Rule) in 1799 in North India during Maharaja Ranjit Singh era, advantages and disadvantages of Social Media and achievements of Punjabi Diaspora. Over 100 people including school children attended the conference.

The program commenced with a Shabad by the children of Punjabi School, Revesby. The convenor of the Forum, Manjinder Singh shared the vision of the forum – to raise awareness about the significance and need for Punjabi Language, literature, history, heritage and culture among the Punjabi as well as the wider community. Also to involve the young generation and the seniors by creating a platform to discuss community issues and devise strategies, brain storm for solution and contribute positively to the mainstream community development.

The objectives of the Forum are to encourage the young writers and speakers by conducting literary activities such as organising get-together/meetings, seminars and events, essay competitions etc. Manjinder Singh emphasised that we should learn from our rich Sikh history to make the wider Australian Indian and mainstream community more richer. The conference’s objective was to share the current common issues with Punjabi diaspora and their young generation.

The main speakers who contributed towards the above topics were Giani Santokh Singh, Dr. Davinder Singh Jitla, Giani Mehar Singh, Udham Singh Sohana, Dr. Avtar S Sangha, Gurcharan Singh Kahlon, Jasmeen Kaur Pannu, Amanpreet Kaur Kamal (Revesby School Teacher), Vipandeep Singh Banga, Amandeep Singh Sidhu, Baljinder Singh, Dr. Surinder Singh, Nirmal Singh and Harbir Singh Bhatia. Punjabi School children from Revesby Gurdwara namely Paramjit Singh Randhawa, Tavnoor Singh, Angad Raj Singh, Ishmit Kaur also participated in the conference.

All the topics were well presented by the speakers with relevant facts & figures and the attendees felt enlightened. The conference was closed with refreshments in the end.