'As the world turns its attention to the centenary of the Great War, this summer will see a landmark exhibition to commemorate the remarkable but largely forgotten contribution and experiences of Sikh soldiers, as well as the families they left behind.
‘Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One’ will be held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, from 9 July to 28 September. The exhibition reveals the untold story of how one of the world's smaller communities played a disproportionately large role in the ‘war to end all wars’.
'Although accounting for less than 2% of the population of British India at the time, Sikhs made up more than 20% of the British Indian Army at the outbreak of hostilities. They and their comrades in arms proved to be critical in the early months of the fighting on the Western Front, helping save the allies from an early and ignominious defeat. '
The organising group behind the exhibition is the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA), an expert-led charity dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Sikhs and Punjab with over a decade long track record including books, websites, exhibitions and consultancy with major heritage institutions and media outlets. The UKPHA was founded and is chaired by Amandeep Madra, one of our parents.
Find out more on www.empirefaithwar.com