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No one can say that Khalsa Aid’s work has been for a particular community or religion: Amarpreet Singh | India News


From staples like clean water to the installation of 800-bed shelters, the humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid India has been working at the farmers’ protest sites for more than two months. Now under investigation by India’s counterterrorism agency NIA, Khalsa Aid director Amarpreet Singh tells TOI that he will let the organization’s work speak for itself.
Khalsa Aid has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Canadian politicians. Do you think that the solidarity work of the organization has not been recognized in India where it is investigated?
It was a good feeling to be nominated for our humanitarian work. But we don’t crave recognition. Trolls and investigation notices don’t matter. At the same time, we have received a lot of support from the people. The beneficiaries know our work and that is enough. Our supporters, who are primarily the Sikh community, have donated their time, money and resources, so that we can give back in time of need. I just hope that this (research) does not affect the motivation of our volunteers who are taking time from their work and their lives to do a good job. It can be a distraction for them.
He has been accused of channeling foreign funds into India for the Khalistani cause and has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency. Ready to research the sources of your funding?
There have always been detractors but we let our work speak for itself. We are open to any investigation. In fact, three people from Khalsa Aid, including myself, received notifications and are cooperating with the authorities. There is nothing to hide. An administrator has already met with NIA officials and answered their questions. They summoned me but then postponed the meeting.
When we worked with Muslim Rohingya refugees and those affected by unrest in northeast Delhi, we were asked why we were helping Muslims. Now when we are working with the Sikh community, we are asked if we support the Khalistanis. We have been working for the cause of humanity for 21 years in disaster areas across the country, whether in Kerala or Bihar. Internationally, Khalsa Aid International is working in conflict zones such as Yemen, Iraq and doing humanitarian work in Malawi, Kenya and Zambia. No one can say that our work has been for a particular community or religion.
What is the work your organization is doing at the farmers’ protest sites? Has this been your most challenging project?
Khalsa Aid began his work when farmers began protesting against agricultural laws in Punjab itself. We started the langar (food) distribution twice a day and when the protest moved towards Delhi, we established operations here. During the first 10 days we serve food, milk and drinking water. We would have served 1 lakh of meals during that time. The farmers had bought supplies and when they realized that they would not be allowed to move anymore, they began to cook their own food. We began to distribute daily basic products around 25 items such as hygiene products, soaps, blankets and mattresses. We would have distributed 10 trucks of blankets, between 15 and 20 trucks of mattresses and some raincoats when the weather worsened. We also delivered 7000 first aid kits and fire extinguishers after our internal assessment team discovered that there were some setbacks when farmers were cooking in cylinders. We have also established an 800-bed shelter on the Tikri border and a 550-bed arrangement in Singhu.
This has been the biggest and most challenging project we have done in India so far. We have 150-180 volunteers in the field for this.
What was the idea behind the Kisan Mall that you recently created?
We have two Kisan malls, one in Singhu and Tikri Border, where 950-1000 people visit daily. People have to show their identity card and fill out a form and list the products they need. Protesters should not feel like they are receiving charity. They are of well-off origins and have been forced to live in a tractor truck on the street. These are our friends and neighbors. We feel that the idea of ​​choosing to take what they need would be more respectful and has been successful.

Times of India