A monument to honor Sikh soldiers in the World Wars has been proposed by an MP Varinder Sharma for Central London. A member of the Sikh Federation UK Mankamal Singh has revealed, he stated, “Varinder Sharma MP Southall has tabled an EDM for a Sikh monument in central London.”

Currently, there are only 7 signatures and Sikhs are requested to call their local MPs to sign on the motion. See: Early day motion 837

The website of the parliament reads:

That this House notes the contribution of Sikh soldiers in the First World War when over 138,000 Indian troops fought in Belgium and France, many of them Sikh; recognises that more than one-quarter of these soldiers would become casualties; further notes that in March 1915, 100 years ago, Sikh troops along with counterparts from around the British Empire fought in the bloody battle of Neuve Chapelle and many made the ultimate sacrifice; further recognises that Sikh regiments lost nearly four-fifths of their men and three regiments stood at only 16 per cent of their original strength; and urges the Government to support the erection of a permanent monument in Central London to highlight and commemorate their brave actions and grave losses.

 

 

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