Twenty-one warriors of the 36-Sikh Regiment had laid down their lives while defending the Saragarhi fort in the North West Frontier Province against Afghan raiders in 1897. When the news of superhuman feat of the Sikh warriors reached England, the House of Commons stood up to pay tributes to them. The real life story had found a place in UNESCO's 10 best stories of heroism and bravery from across the world.
Though a gurdwara in memory of the Sargarhi martyrs stands at a short distance from the Golden Temple, but for reasons best known to the SGPC, there was no reference to the battle at the Central Sikh Museum. The decision to install a painting of the battle was taken recently by the SGPC executive.
A portrait of former SGPC member Daljit Kaur was also unveiled at the museum. She was a SGPC member from 1996 to 2011.