Sikhs Are Part and Parcel of British Defence Forces: UK Major Gen Celia Harvey

Sikhs Are Part and Parcel of British Defence Forces: UK Major Gen Celia Harvey

  • UK Defence Officials Visit Khalsa College, Meet KCGC Management

Amritsar: The Sikhs are part and parcel of the United Kingdom Defence Forces and they are entitled to wear turban and other articles of faith. The role of the Sikh soldiers during the two World Wars was exemplary and many European countries owe their freedom to the brave soldiers from Punjab.

This was stated by UK Army’s Major General, Celia Jane Harvey who along with ten members today visited historic Khalsa College and met the functionaries of the Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC). She also remembered the heroes of the epic battle of Saragarhi while touring the Sikh History Research Centre at Khalsa College Public School here today.

During discussions with KCGC honourray secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, General Harlvey showered praises at Sikh community which she said has earned respect worldwide for its bravery and immense sacrifices. ``The Sikh soldiers have shed blood for the protection of the oppressed and helpless. They are quoted as examples for bravery”, she said while referring  Saragarhi battle in which 21 brave Sikh soldiers faced 10,000 Afghans.

Chhina said many Sikhs and Punjabis have settled abroad and have made a significant contribution to the prosperity of countries including UK, Canada and US. He also gave a detailed account of the Saragarhi battle and how Sikhs drew their power and sacrificing spirit from the lives of Gurus and Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Chairman of Saragarhi Foundation Gurinder Pal Singh Josan who was instrumental in bringing the UK delegation said the British Army officials wanted to interact with the Sikh intellectuals as they wanted Sikhs to follow their own ethos and traditions while serving in UK Defence Forces. He along with General Harvey honoured Chhina and Principal Khalsa College Dr. Mehal Singh. The Khalsa College management also honoured the visiting delegates.

Nov 9 2022 4:37AM