'Legacy Of Valour' Exhibition In UK Honours Indian Soldiers During The 'Great War

| July 22 , 2015 , 23:03 IST
The contribution and valour of Indian soldiers who fought for the British army in the First World War will be commemorated at a special exhibition in the UK next month. The 'Legacy of Valour' exhibition at Reading Museum, near London, will run through the month of August. [caption id="attachment_89073" align="aligncenter" width="700"]indian soldiers-ww1 Indian troops during World War 1 (Photo Courtesy: Imperial War Museum)[/caption] 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 per cent of British Indian Army. Sikhs who were 2 per cent of the India's population represented over 30 per cent in the British Indian Army. ALSO READ: Historic Link Between France And Punjab Honoured By French Ambassador "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," the museum said in a statement. "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," it added. 'Legacy of Valour' is a community heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the local Punjabi community living 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 exhibition, which is free to the public, will reflect on aftermath of the war and how it affected Indian social, political, military and economic evolution.