Tuesday afternoon, January 19th, the New Mexico Sikh Community hosted its 16th annual New Mexico Legislative Luncheon to thank and honor the dedicated public servants of New Mexico for their hard work and service. Following Governor Bill Richardson’s address to a joint session of the House and Senate which launched the NM Legislature’s Annual Session, the Sikh Community was pleased to host Governor Richardson, Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, Senator Tom Udall and his family, Attorney General Gary King, Congressman Harry Teague, former US Ambassador to Spain Ed Romero, former Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan, and many dignitaries of New Mexico, including cabinet members, and members of the Judiciary, at downtown Santa Fe’s India Palace restaurant.
The Luncheon honors the dedication of public servants, and honors Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, also known as Yogi Bhajan, who began the tradition in 1995. Governor Richardson saluted “Yogiji’s dedication to excellence” and reminisced that he was a commanding presence and friend with whom many in the room shared in the common bond of friendship. Over 150 people attended the luncheon.