An Australian Sikh cab driver, Tejinder Singh, is celebrated for his efforts to feed the hungry in Darwin. A local news station, Nine News Darwin, reported that Singh will cook several kilos of rice and vegetarian curry at the end of his shift, usually around seven on Sunday mornings, on every last Sunday of the month. Then he and his son, Navdeep, will deliver the food all around the city. This has been a tradition for the past three years.
“When I do something good, I’ve got too much energy, I say I’m doing something for homeless people, so they give me more energy, so I’m happy, said Singh. In addition to his job as a cab driver, Singh also works as an air conditioner mechanic.
Singh speaks of his religion, “My religion says 10% of income goes towards needy and poor people no matter they belong to your religion or any religion.”
Tejinder Singh is the perfect exemplar of a Sikh, in Bahadur’s eyes. All humans are equal, regardless of religion, and are worthy of basic human needs such as food, shelter, and compassion. If Tejinder has the ability and the means to help those in need, by offering and providing food to those who need it, then following through with this act is only logical. Bahadur and the members of Desmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in Oregon also prepare meals for the homeless, in collaboration with First Congregational United Church of Christ.
The van in which Tejinder Singh drives throughout Darwin to deliver free food says, “Free Indian Food for hungry and needy people, Provide Sikh family.” Tejinder was featured as “Australian of the Day,” an initiative sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank. His story has received a great deal of attention throughout Australia and India since August 5th, his Day.
Tejinder’s response to all the attention has been rejection of monetary support and encouragement of others to contribute by starting their own food drives. “The van, the pots, anyone can use them. It’s for mankind,” he said.
Bahadur is extremely proud to see the caring and motivated mindset and actions of Sikhism is prevalent in other parts of the world such as Australia, in addition to his community in Salem, Oregon.