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'Amritsar Ka Soorma': A chance encounter Date: Wednesday, 01 August, 2012


Whilst all eyes in recent weeks have been on the Olympics, two Indian tourists to London decided they wanted to see something different. For them there was another destination other than Trafalgar Square, the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye etc.

They wandered off the usual track and sought to seek out Caxton Street where a member of the ASHT team saw them posing outside 10 Caxton Hall - the site where Udham Singh carried out his act of brave retribution for the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre. They said that they had wanted to pay their respects to the "Soorma of Amritsar"! - a sentiment that is even more moving when one realises that they were not Sikh or Panjabi!

It may appear to be low key gesture by two ordinary visitors but what a moving tribute to this great freedom fighter, his enduring legacy and the powerful role of the connections between people and places which the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail perpetuates!

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