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Sunday, April 22, 2007
  Birmingham Vaisakhi Handsworth Park 2007 No 308
I attended the Vaisakhi as usual this year. It is interesting to see this developing. There is a clear movement towards events having people from all communities at them. Going back to 1999 (No 300) it was overwhelmingly Sikh. Today I would think that there were many many people there who were not Sikh.

This is to be welcomed (as was the Sikhs performing as part of the St Patrick's day parade).

It does not undermine the reason for the event - which is the 308th anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa.
 
Comments:
It's just been on the BBC Breakfast News that there's at least one person in hospital, in critical condition, due to being attacked at the event. Isn't it a shame that any time anyone tries to do something positive someone else comes along and ruins it.
 
I was aware that there were some scuffles. I was not aware that it went this far. It was linked to gangs of youths.

It is, however, sad that these things happen.
 
I attended a Vaisakhi event in Trafalgar Square last year with a Sikh mate. A load of us went down, and as you say John, it was great to see people from across the community there. Cheers.
 
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