Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia

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Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia

EducationCivil Engineering
Years active1995–present
Known forInterfaith work

Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG (born on 31 March 1939 in Gulu, Uganda) is the chairman of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha UK.[1] He is listed in the top 100 most influential Sikhs in the world.[2]


Bhai Sahib has worked as chairman of the GNNSJ since 1995.

He is the first British Sikh to be awarded the official title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, SGPC, Amritsar (the Sikh ‘apex’ organisation representing some 26 million Sikhs globally), for his selfless service in propagating the Sikh faith, engagement in interfaith work and heritage conservation.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In the 2015 New Year Honours, Bhai Sahib was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Interfaith and community cohesion.

In 2012 Bhai Sahib made history by becoming the first Sikh in the world to be honoured with the Pontifical Order of Knighthood of St Gregory for his interfaith work.[4][5]

In addition he has received a wide range of awards recognising his community work including:

  • An honorary degree from Aston University in 2014[6]
  • The Third GCGI Award for Public Service in the Interest of the Common Good presented at the 12th Annual GCGI International Conference in 2014[7]
  • Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding in 2008.[8] Past awardees have included the XIVth Dalai Lama, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.[9]
  • An honorary degree from Birmingham City University in 2006[10]
  • An honorary degree from the University of Central England in 2001[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Meet the Board". Nishkam Centre. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ "THE SIKH 100 LIST". Hindustan Times. 10 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ Reconciliation, Charter for Forgiveness and. "Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Leadership". Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ Live, Birmingham (14 June 2012). "Your News: Sikh Papal Knighthood in Birmingham". birminghammail. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Sikhs honoured by Catholics". 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Graduation Ceremonies to celebrate student success". Aston University.
  7. ^ Mofid, Kamran. "Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia receives the third GCGI Award". Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  8. ^ "2008 Awards - Temple of Understanding". Temple of Understanding. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Juliet Hollister Award - Temple of Understanding". Temple of Understanding. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Honorary Graduates of Birmingham City University". Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Honorary doctorates for two. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 26 June 2018.