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Peter Bance talks about the first Sikh woman in Britain Date: Friday, 25 September, 2009

Heritage Shared 2009

An emotion filled audience silently listened to a moving talk about the tragic life of the last Empress of Punjab at The Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa. Jindan Kaur, a courageous woman and exile, who was forcibly separated from her son Duleep Singh and spent her final years in London.

‘The reunion of mother and son shaped Duleep's life from thereon, Maharani Jind informed Duleep of his lost kingdom and faith'. Author Peter Bance spoke about their relationship and how every meeting between them was monitored. The Maharani was often labelled a ‘dangerous woman'.

"As a woman of Sikh faith, I feel compelled to learn more about her story but extremely saddened by her fate, she is a forgotten figure in Sikh history" Kuldip Kaur.

Review by Mandeep Singh

See images from the event in the ASHT Gallery.

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