Popular Post Premi Posted October 31, 2022 Popular Post Report Share Posted October 31, 2022 I think the community in Leicester would be better off sorting the grooming issues and bullying we have heard about in the recent past. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/sikhs-who-fought-uk-honoured-7758346 Sikhs who fought for UK honoured with soldier statue to stand alongside Victoria Park War Memorial The stunning bronze figure will be a permanent part of Leicester's war commemorations ts12 NEWS By Asha Patel 16:32, 28 OCT 2022 UPDATED10:14, 30 OCT 2022 The bronze Sikh soldier, designed by artist Taranjit Singh, will stand in Peace Walk in Victoria Park. (Image: Taran3d) A statue of a Sikh soldier will be unveiled in Victoria Park to commemorate Sikhs who fought in both World Wars and other global conflicts for the UK. The bronze figure will permanently stand on a granite plinth among existing war memorials in Peace Walk. The idea for the statue was envisaged by the late Councillor Culdipp Singh Bhatti and came to fruition with the help of representatives of the Sikh community, known collectively as the Sikh Troops Memorial Committee. It will be officially unveiled on Sunday, October 30. Sikhs accounted for less than two per cent of India's population during the Great War but made up almost 20 per cent of the British Indian Army at the outbreak of hostilities. Despite their significant contributions, Sikh troops have been "underrepresented" at national memorial services and in the media. Now seven years since the idea was first considered in Leicester, those who gave their lives for the country will have a "fitting" tribute in the city. Artist Taranjit Singh (Taran3d) designed the statue of the Sikh World War One soldier which was funded by donations from Sikh congregations, the wider public and Leicester City Council ward funding, Ajmer Singh Basra, president of the War Memorial Committee said: “We are so proud to be unveiling this memorial to honour the sacrifice of all those brave men who travelled thousands of miles to fight for a country that wasn’t their own. The statue will also serve as a reminder for Sikhs who have made Leicester their home since the 1950s. “This project has been brought to fruition through the hard work and effort of many individuals across Leicestershire. The project will create a legacy to showcase the sacrifices of the Sikhs on a global stage. The Sikhs, whilst forming a small proportion of the population of the Indian Subcontinent, contributed on a major scale to various wars, and notably the First and Second World Wars.“ The committee first began considering the idea, envisaged by the late Councillor Kuldip Singh Bhatti, in 2015. (Image: Sikh Troops War Memorial Committee) Historian Gurinder Singh Mann told Leicester's Sikh community "the sacrifice of the Sikhs in the World Wars and other campaigns have been underrepresented in the mainstream". He said: "It has been a great project to work on. The Sikh statue in Leicester will create an arena for greater dialogue and continued interfaith relations in the city and further afield. Moreover, it will serve as an educational tool for future generations." 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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