UK-based humanitarian organisation Khalsa Aid has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by two Canadian parliamentarians, Tim Uppal and Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, who cited the group's aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster-hit areas and civil conflict zones around the world. Their bid was supported by the Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown.
Uppal took to Twitter on Monday to announce Khalsa Aid's nomination for the Nobel Prize.
For over 20 years @Khalsa_Aid has been helping people in desperate situations around the world. In my capacity as a federal Member of Parliament and with the support of @PrabSarkaria and @patrickbrownont, I am nominating Khalsa Aid for a Nobel Peace Prize. pic.twitter.com/J2yApsWfhd— Tim S. Uppal (@TimUppal) January 17, 2021
The organisation, which now operates in other countries outside of the UK, including Canada and Australia, said it was humbled by the nomination.
NOBLE PEACE PRIZE NOMINATION FOR KHALSA AID— Khalsa Aid Australia (@KhalsaAid_AU) January 17, 2021
Canadian MP @TimUppal, Mayor of Brampton @patrickbrownont & the MPP for Brampton South, @PrabSarkaria have officially nominated Khalsa Aid for the Noble Peace Prize!
We are deeply humbled by this nomination. 🙏🏻
Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji https://t.co/8YEbIWHa8u
In December 2020, Khalsa Aid made it to the news in India after it set up a "Kisan Mall" (Farmers' mall) at Delhi's Tikri border to provide items of daily use for free to farmers protesting against three farm laws in India. But the organisation's move was met with suspicion in India.
Netizens noted the irony of Khalsa Aid in January being accused of having pro-Khalistani leanings as well as being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Only a Sikh charity could be investigated by a national superpower as a terror org in the same week they are nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.— Jasveer Singh (@JazzTheJourno) January 18, 2021
Putting fear into tyrants and helping humanity at the same time, this is the way of the Khalsa! Well done @Khalsa_Aid!#DhanGuruNanak pic.twitter.com/Gm2Il2BhPU
Khalsa Aid provides relief to people during crisis.— Sandeep Singh (@PunYaab) January 18, 2021
UK Govt sent KA a Thank you note.
Canadian politicians nominated the organization for Nobel Peace Prize. Indian govt launched investigation against Khalsa Aid.
Happy to support my friend @TimUppal in nominating Khalsa Aid for the Nobel Peace Prize!— Prabmeet Sarkaria (@PrabSarkaria) January 17, 2021
For over 20 years, @Khalsa_Aid and @RaviSinghKA, @jindisinghka and the team have been serving on the frontlines of almost every crisis across the world. #KhalsaAid4NoblePrize pic.twitter.com/KPJSBGrjr3