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Tributes To Sikhs Who Fought In Wars


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
* By Asian Image reporter »

The Attorney General, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP joined filmmaker Jay Singh-Sohal at the Official Launch of the new documentary Sikhs@War.

Screened at the Houses of Parliament the film pays tribute to the memory of Sikh soldiers who fought for Great Britain during the Great War.

HM Attorney General, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP said, “Their selfless service deserves the widest recognition. It has helped us in Britain enjoy the freedom we have today.”

Birmingham based filmmaker and television journalist Jay Singh-Sohal described the launch in Parliament as a momentous occasion: “For a senior government official to pay such a tribute is a sign of how important the Sikh contribution has historically been and how vital this vibrant community still is in all walks of British life.”

The Attorney General was presented a Sikh ceremonial dagger, a Kirpan, by the filmmaker Jay Singh-Sohal and co-host Cllr Santokh Singh Chhokar who described the occasion as a “landmark event highlighting the Sikh tradition within British military history.”

More than 100,000 Sikh soldiers from South Asia fought on the Western front during the Great War alone. The film narrates their story for the first time by following a young teenager retracing his Great Grandfathers footsteps in the trenches of Flanders. Jaspal Singh, 15, is inspired by his forefather’s actions during the War to maintain his own Sikh identity (uncut hair and turban) despite being bullied because of it. From his hometown of Coventry to Ypres and Neuve Chapelle, Jaspal discovers the important role Sikh soldiers played during the conflict in stopping the German advance over Europe.

The event brought together members of the Sikh community alongside politicians, serving military personnel, multi-faith community and business leaders.

Following the success of Sikh@War, further film projects on the subject matter will be produced and also released online.

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