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Sikhs are no longer just out of Punjab now, yet they are deeply rooted into Punjab. Sikhs are a worldwide community now. Most of the diaspora Sikhs now a days don’t like to recognize themselves as Indians. Sikhs are establishing themselves in each and every field. Here are some Sikh politicians dominating international politics.Lets Start with Canada, only the serving MPs or minister

Jagmeet Singh: born January 2, 1979), a practicing Sikh, is a Canadian lawyer and politician serving as leader of the New Democratic Party since 2017 and as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Burnaby South since 2019. He was previously an Ontario New Democratic Party Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Bramalea—Gore—Malton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2011 to 2017. Jagmeet Singh became the first person of a visible minority group to lead a major Canadian federal political party on a permanent basis.

Harjit Singh Sajjan: born September 6, 1970) is an Indian–Canadian politician and retired Canadian Army officer. A member of the Liberal Party, he is the current Minister of National Defence and a Member of Parliament representing the riding of Vancouver South. He is Canada’s first Sikh Minister of National Defence. Sajjan was first elected during the 2015 federal election, defeating Conservative incumbent MP Wai Young. Sajjan was sworn into Cabinet as Minister of National Defence, headed by Justin Trudeau, on November 4, 2015. Before politics, Sajjan was a detective investigating gangs for the Vancouver Police Department and at the same time a lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces decorated for his service in Afghanistan. Sajjan was also the first Sikh Canadian to command a Canadian Army reserve regiment.

Randeep Singh Sarai MP (born April 15, 1975) is a Canadian politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district Surrey Centre during the 2015 Canadian federal election.

Bardish Chagger MP (born April 6, 1980) is a Canadian politician who is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo. She has been appointed as Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 20, 2019. She formerly held the positions of Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Chagger was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian election. Chagger was the first female Leader of the Government in the House of Commons in the history of Canada.

Rameshwer Singh Sangha MP (born June 6, 1945) is a Canadian politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district Brampton Centre during the 2015 Canadian federal election.

Maninder Sidhu MP (born April, 1984) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Brampton East in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2019 Canadian federal election.

Ruby Singh Sahota MP (born June 22) is a Canadian Liberal politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal riding Brampton North during the 2015 Canadian federal election.

Satinderpal “Sonia” Sidhu MP (born January 3, 1968) is a Canadian politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district of Brampton South during the 2015 Canadian federal election. n Parliament, she sits on the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health, and also was appointed to sit as a member of the Special Committee on Pay Equity. She is also the Chair and the Liberal caucus champion for the All-Party Diabetes Caucus. MP Sidhu is also the General-Secretary of the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group and an executive member of both the Canada-Poland and Canada-Portugal Parliamentary Friendship Groups. She further sits as a member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, the Canada-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group, and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Kamalpreet Khera MP (born February 4, 1989) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Brampton West in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.  At the age of 26, she is the youngest Liberal MP in the current House, and the second-youngest overall behind the NDP’s Pierre-Luc Dusseault. On December 2, 2015, Khera was appointed as parliamentary secretary to the minister of health by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. 

Navdeep Singh Bains  MP born June 16, 1977) is a Canadian politician serving as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry since 2019. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, he has represented the riding of Mississauga—Malton in the House of Commons since the 2015 election. He previously represented the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South from 2004 to 2011. On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in the 29th Canadian Ministry.

Gagan Sikand MP is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 federal election. He is a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada who represents the Greater Toronto Area riding of Mississauga—Streetsville.

Tim Uppal  MP (born November 14, 1974) is a Canadian politician, banker, and radio host who is the member for Edmonton Mill Woods in the Parliament of Canada. He served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Sherwood Park from 2008 to 2015. On July 15, 2013, Uppal was moved from Minister of State for Democratic Reform to the portfolio of Minister of State (Multiculturalism). He was defeated by Liberal candidate Amarjeet Sohi in the riding of Edmonton Mill Woods in the 2015 election, but won the seat from Sohi in the 2019 election.

Raj Saini, Jasraj Singh Hallan, Bob Saroya, Jag Sahota, Sukh Dhaliwal, Anju Dhillion and many more who arent’t MPs this time.

In USA there are not any current Senator or congressperson yet but these people are working hard to make a name for themselves and their community:

Harmeet Kaur Dhillon (born 1969) is an American lawyer and Republican Party official. She is the former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party, and the National Committeewoman of the Republican National Committee for California. She owns a law practice called Dhillon Law Group Inc., and in 2018 helped launch the non-profit Center for American Liberty, which does legal work related to civil liberties. She is a regular guest on Fox News.

Ravinder Singh Bhalla (born January 13, 1974), often simply called Ravi Bhalla, is an American civil rights lawyer, politician, and the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. Prior to becoming mayor, he served in the city council of Hoboken, New Jersey since 2009. On November 7, 2017, he was elected New Jersey’s first Sikh mayor, as well as the first elected mayor in the United States who is a Sikh and wears a turban.

Gurbir Singh Grewal  born June 23, 1973 is an American attorney and prosecutor who has served as the sixty-first Attorney General of the State of New Jersey since 2018. Appointed by Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy, he was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on January 16, 2018.[2] He is the first Sikh-American Attorney General in United States history.[2] Grewal was formerly the county prosecutor of Bergen County, New Jersey, originally appointed in 2016; he was also the first Sikh American to be named a county prosecutor in the United States.

Manka Dhingra (born c. 1974) is a Sikh-American attorney and politician who is a Washington State senator. She was elected to represent the 45th legislative district, on Seattle’s Eastside in King County, during a 2017 special election. Dhingra is the first Sikh elected to any state legislature in the United States. Dhingra, an Indian immigrant, founded the woman’s advocacy organization API Chaya in 1996, and later worked under several elected officials at the state level. She joined the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in 2000 and has led the department’s expanding mental health and veterans courts.

lets take a look at UK:

Tanmanjeet Singh “Tan” Dhesi (born 17 August 1978) is a British Labour Party politician. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Slough in 2017.He was appointed Shadow Minister for the Railways by leader Sir Keir Starmer in April 2020. He is Britain’s first turbaned Sikh MP. In 2019, in a fiery parliament speech, he demanded apology from the UK PM Boris Johnson for racist remarks against Muslim women.

Preet Kaur Gill (born 21 November 1972) is a British Labour Co-op politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Edgbaston since 2017 and as the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development since April 2020. She is the first female British Sikh MP.

Indarjit Singh, Baron Singh of Wimbledon (born 17 September 1932), sometimes transliterated Inderjit Singh, is a British journalist and broadcaster, a prominent British Asian active in Sikh and interfaith activities, and a member of the House of Lords. He is editor of the Sikh Messenger and known as a presenter of the Thought for the Day segment on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. He also contributes to British and overseas newspapers and journals including The TimesThe Guardian and The Independent.

New Zealand

Parmjeet Kaur Parmar is an Indian-born-New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi born 20 February 1964) is an Indian-born-New Zealand politician and a member of the National Party. He was elected into the 49th New Zealand Parliament in 2008 by way of the party list. Bakshi is both New Zealand’s first Indian and first Sikh Member of Parliament. He was elected in the 2008 election by way of the party list. He has been the Chairperson of the Law and Order Select Committee and a member of Commerce Select Committee.

Australia

Gurmesh Singh Becomes First Australian Sikh MP Australia has elected its first Sikh MP in Gurmesh Singh Sidhu who won the Coffs Harbour constituency to reach New South Wales (NSW) state parliament.

Kenya

Sunjeev ‘Sonia’ Kaur Birdi is a nominated member of the Kenyan Parliament. She was the first Kenyan Asian woman to serve in the national legislature.

Singapore

Pritam Singh MP (born 2 August 1976) is a Singaporean author, lawyer and politician who has served as the Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party and Leader of the Opposition since 8 April 2018 (de facto) and 24 August 2020 (de jure) respectively. Singh has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC) for Eunos since 7 May 2011. He is the first opposition Indian/Sikh minority Member of Parliament since 2011.

There are so many more who got left out……

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