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Exhibition on Sikh soldiers’ valour begins in UK

On display in the exhibition are material on Sikh solders’ sacrifices fighting alongside the British in World Wars, the Khalsa warrior spirit and the establishment of a Sikh kingdom in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Aug 02, 2018 22:31 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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British armed forces Sikhs with UK’s first turbaned Sikh parliamentarian Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi at the Legacy of Valour Exhibition launch at Khalsa Primary School in Slough, England. (Twitter)

A 15-day exhibition honouring the military tradition of the Sikhs was inaugurated at Slough, town in Berkshire, England, on Sunday. Organised by the Legacy of Valour Society, the Sikh Martial History Exhibition, covers centuries of history through the eyes of Sikh soldiers, reported Slough Express. The exhibition is open for public till August 12.

On display in the exhibition are material on Sikh solders’ sacrifices fighting alongside the British in World Wars, the Khalsa warrior spirit and the establishment of a Sikh kingdom in Punjab, reported Slough Express.

The Legacy of Valour is a community heritage project funded by the local Punjabi community living in Reading and Wokingham, UK. The aim of the project is to facilitate the community to engage with its own proud history — learn, understand and highlight the contribution made by Sikhs and other Indian soldiers. The project will reflect on aftermath of the war and how it affected Indian social, political, military and economic evolution.

The exhibition at the Wexham Road school was opened for private viewing on Saturday and to the public on Sunday. Special guests on Saturday included Ravi Singh, founder of Slough-based charity Khalsa Aid and 107-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh, according to Slough Express report.

United Kingdom’s first turbaned Sikh parliamentarian, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, also attended the exhibition, along with historians and armed forces members.

“People were impressed in terms of the comprehensiveness of the exhibition,” society chairman Inderpal Singh Dhanjal was quoted by Slough Express as saying.

Inderpal said Sikh soldiers were laid to rest in 400 cemeteries in 35 countries after World War-1, and 280 cemeteries in 50 countries after the World War-2, but says the faith’s martial record is often overlooked in British and Indian schools. This exhibition is trying to redress that gap in the education systems, Inderpal said.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 09:34 IST