Several prominent Indian-origin British-Asians including Dr Rami Ranger launch a campaign to re-enact a Sikh Regiment in the British Army….reports Asian Lite News
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UK already have separate regiments for the Scots, the Irish and the Welsh. The campaigners are saying the British Army can extend this to other communities living in the UK.
Soldiers working together from the same culture have a great understanding of their common history and heritage and are further motivated to preserve and protect their honour.
A Sikh regiment within the British army will draw upon their reputation of fearless military prowess in much the same way as it has done for the Gurkhas. The Sikh Regiment was the most decorated in the British Empire. They were awarded more Victoria Crosses per head than any other community.
“It is only right that we re-enact this regiment which has such a proud history and heritage to inspire our future generations,” the campaigners said in a statement.
About 84,000 Sikhs sacrificed their lives and 109,000 were injured fighting shoulder to shoulder with the British during the World War I and World War II. Sikh community contributed more than any other community in proportion to their numbers. The Sikh regiment was the most decorated in the entire British Empire and won 10 Victoria Crosses per capita. It is a matter of great pride that to this day, it remains the most decorated regiment in the Indian Army.
“ It is only right that we re-enact this illustrious Sikh Regiment in the British Army to defend our shores in an increasingly dangerous world,” Dr Rami Ranger told Asian Lite News.
Dr Rami Ranger, chairman of Sun Mark Group and a unique winner of Queens Award for Enterprise for five years running, were among the signatories.
Thousands of Sikh soldiers served in the British Army in the 19th century and in the First and Second World Wars, and 10 Victoria Crosses have been won by soldiers serving in Sikh regiments. Reviving a Sikh unit has been suggested several times in the past. One recent attempt was abandoned in 2007 by the Ministry of Defence amid fears that the move would be branded racist.
Former defence minister Sir Nicholas Soames had earlier supported the move and urged ministers to “do away with political correctness” and raise a Sikh regiment. Recent figures show the Armed Forces have around 160 Sikhs in their ranks, including 130 in the Army. Last year an official British Armed Forces Sikh Association was formed.