Indian High Commissioner Mr. Ranjan Mathai and Mr. James Puxley, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, jointly opened an exhibition titled Legacy of Valour at Reading museum….reports Asian Lite News
The exhibition is about the story of forgotten hero’s – Sikh and other Indian soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Britain and the World. The exhibition have many documents/maps/photos which have not been seen in public over 100 years. The exhibition will last till August 31.
Though a colony at the time, India actively supported the war effort in its bid to gain Dominion status. The overwhelming majority of mainstream political opinion in 1914 was united in the view that if India desired greater responsibility and political autonomy, it must also be willing to share in in burden of Imperial defence.
As a result, India contributed immensely to the war effort in terms of men, money and material. India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army known to history in its hour of need.
Over 1.5 million Indian soldiers and support personnel (one in six) served with credit and honour in numerous battlefields around the globe. Punjab provided 60% of British Indian Army. Sikhs who were 2% of the India’s population represented over 30% in the British Indian Army.
‘Legacy of Valour’ is a community heritage project funded by HLF and local Punjabi community living in in Reading and Wokingham. The main aim of the project is to facilitate the community to engage with its own proud history – learn, understand and highlight the contribution made by Sikhs and other Indian soldiers. The project will reflect on aftermath of the war and how it affected Indian social, political, military and economic evolution .