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Opening door to diversity

When the new home of Glasgow's Sikh community opened last April, it immediately became a central part of life in the city for Sikhs and many non-Sikhs alike.

The Gurdwara is obviously a place of worship first and foremost, but thousands of children from all religions and none have also visited the building in the eight months since it opened.

This inter-connectedness was part of the mission statement of the Gurdwara from the beginning. "We are trying to be active in opening up our doors," said Sharandeep Singh, part of the team that runs the centre. And its open-doors policy has since been recognised with a number of nominations and awards, including the best community project title at last year's Herald Society Awards.

Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, may have said this weekend that he thinks the basic principle of Enoch Powell's infamous rivers of blood speech was right. But Glasgow's Gurdwara is a reminder of a much more positive idea: that a diverse, multi-racial community can be exciting, inspiring and hopeful.

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