Issue No:  19


In This Issue

  • Editorial
  • Reaching Out!
  • Patwant Singh Remembered
  • Saragarhi: 'Memories may fade, Traditions never die'
  • 2014 Calendar

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 Statue of Maharajah Duleep Singh in Thetford

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust, which has emerged as the leading educational charity promoting Sikh heritage in the UK.  This year we have been devoting time to development work on future campaigns which will be announced shortly.

Here are highlights of some of our activities during the Summer.

Reaching Out!
 Jasdeep Singh of The National Army Museum, along with the volunteers from ASHT

The world renowned National Army Museum began discussions with ASHT in 2012 in order to explore a proposed collaboration as part of their Outreach programme.

The Museums aim was to develop a collaborative outreach project with the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, using volunteers from the British Sikh community to ‘co-curate' a selection of objects in its collections, in order to highlight the contribution of Sikhs to the military history of Britain and British India.

So far ASHT have arranged a series of sessions over a broad range of subjects from the Anglo Sikh Wars to Arms and Armour and WW2.


Patwant Singh Remembered
 Image 1. Patwant Singh.  Image 2. Empire of the Sikhs cover

25th July saw a capacity audience gather at the Nehru Centre, Mayfair for a special evening devoted to the launch of a revised edition of the 'Empire of the Sikhs' by the late Patwant Singh and Jyoti M Rai. The event was also an opportunity to pay posthumous tribute to the personality and achievements of this remarkable individual who had so ably been an Ambassador par excellence for the Sikh community.

Amongst the speakers who joined Jyoti Rai in sharing moving tributes were Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon, Dr Pritam Singh, Sara Stewart, Dr Deborah Swallow and Anthony Wood.

In the words of Dr Pritam Singh; 'Patwant's was a unique voice. It was unique in many dimensions. It was unique because of its fearless intellectual independence. Many Indian intellectuals keep quiet because of the fear of state retaliation or the lure of state favours or intellectual conformity with the mainstream discourses on India. Patwant was unique in boldly defying any of these pressures and seductions. Patwant's voice was also unique within the Sikh community. He was not aligned with any political party or group; and, due to this, he was listened to with great interest.

The audience left with an enhanced sense of what inspired Patwant and the vacuum that his death has left in our midst. Those who had not had the privilege of knowing Patwant left enthused and eager to learn more about him.

Saragarhi:'Memories may fade, Traditions ever die'
 Image 1. Sikh veterans at Saragarhi remembrance. Image 2. Saragarhi commemoration

It was in the Portraits of Courage lecture at the Imperial War Museum in 2001 that ASHT managed to secure the first public recounting of this epic battle.

This epic battle was fought during the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between twenty-one Sikhs of the 4th Battalion (then 36th Sikhs) of the Sikh Regiment of British India, defending an army post against a combined force of 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai tribesmen. The Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail has been at the forefront of a campaign to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the Sikh soldiers and has been able to enlist the support of the former CGS General Sir Richard Dannant and HH Sir Mota singh QC who launched the campaign.

HRH The Prince of Wales was Chief Guest at the inaugural Saragarhi Challenge Cup Polo Match on 18th September 2010 which brought together the Sherdils (LionHearts), a team of Sikh Polo players and The Hackett British Army Polo team.

Since then we have continued to work tirelessly in developing a greater public awareness of the battle and the values of the Saint Soldier tradition that it embodies. This year once again Sikhs marking the day with ceremonies in the West Midlands and London.

At the latter Sikh ex servicemen laid commemorative wreaths at the Memorial Gates and observed a minutes silence.

2014 Calendar 2014 Calendar

Sikhpoint would like to remember and honor the bravery of the Sikhs who fought fiercely for a war that was not on their own land. The release of this calendar will coincide with the First World War Centenary (100 year anniversary) commemoration next year. These historical and informative calendars will be appreciated by your family, friends and colleagues, as World War I will be a major topic in the media throughout the year.

The 2014 Sikhpoint calendar will be launched at the Sikh Arts and Film Festival on the 22nd of November, 2013 at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

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