One must serve oneís community and thatís why I am involved in Sikh community affairs, even though I have a larger role to play as a practicing doctor, says Dr. Rajwant Singh, Washington-based National Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE).
Dr Rajwant Singh was the first Sikh president of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, an organization which brings together nine world religions for dialogue and joint work on critical issues.
Born in Calcutta in 1961 and having migrated to United States in 1979, Rajwant, since his early days, is taking keen interest in Sikh philosophy and religion.
In the US, he did his undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington and graduated with a degree in Doctoral of Dental Sciences from the Georgetown University in Washington. For the last 13 years, he has been practicing dentistry.
Dr. Singh has been active on behalf of his community for the last two decades. Several lawmakers have consulted him on matters pertaining to the Sikh community. Dr. Singh was instrumental in having the White House issue the message of greetings on Guru Nanakís birth anniversary every year.
He was also invited by Queen Elizabeth for the 50th anniversary of her coronation last year. He was also a delegate at the Peace Summit of spiritual leaders at UN in 2000.
Dr. Singh has also presented the Sikh viewpoint at conferences held in Russia, Japan, Turkey, Greece, and England. Under the leadership of Dr. Singh, SCORE has launched a worldwide campaign to create more awareness about Sikh religion on Guru Nanakís birthday. Many gurdwaras around the world have invited neighbors, teachers and elected officials, at the initiative of Dr. Singh, in an effort to create more understanding about the Sikh people. SCORE has also produced a 15-minute video on Guru Nanak and Sikhs to be shown to non-Sikhs in gurdwaras and in schools.
Dr. Singh is also the Executive Director of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation and conducts camps for Sikh children throughout the US, the foundation promotes the Sikh way of life among youngsters and trains them for wider active civic participation in the American society. Dr. Singh talked about his work to the NCR Tribune, when he was in the Capital recently in connection with a meeting on Sikh affairs.