Mar 08

International Women’s Day from a Sikh perspective

Happy International Women’s Day to all the lovely women of the world. Below, from our scriptures, is the high regard the Sikh faith have for women. Just the line “So why call her inferior from whom kings are born” says it all.

Also just as all Sikh males have the same common name Singh (meaning Warrior), females have the same common name Kaur (meaning Princess).

The Sikh Faith from its inception has upheld the equality for and dignity of women. Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of the Sikh Faith, emphasised the dignity of women in a way that was ahead of his time. Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji stated:

“From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to a woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her inferior from whom kings are born. From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all. O Nanak, only the Creator is without a woman. That mouth which praises the Creator continually is blessed and beautiful. O Nanak, those faces shall be radiant in the Court of the Creator.”[21] – Translated into English from Gurmukhi, Siri Guru Nanak Sahib in Raag Aasaa, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ang 473

May 19

The Sikhs on Gallipoli: Untold Stories. Free Talk by distinguished Australian military historian (27 May, West London)

The Sikhs on Gallipoli: Untold Stories.

Free Talk by distinguished Australian military historian (27 May, West London)


Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One

The Sikhs on Gallipoli: Untold Stories

Free Talk by distinguished Australian military historian (27 May, West London)Exactly 100 years ago Sikh soldiers were fighting for the British empire on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. Though many Sikhs know some of this history – such as the sacrifice of the 14th Ferozepore Sikhs in the attack of 4 June – in the century that has passed no book has appeared devoted to the experience of Indian soldiers on Gallipoli.

It has taken one of Australia’s most distinguished military historians, Professor Peter Stanley, to tell this story, and later this month his book ‘Die in Battle, Do not Despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, 1915’, will be published by Helion & Co.

UKPHA are delighted to announce an exclusive free talk by Peter. He will tell some of the stories of Sikh soldiers on Gallipoli, both men of the Ferozepore Sikhs, mountain gunners, men of the Patiala Infantry and transport drivers. He will be talking about individual Sikh soldiers, rescued from obscurity a century on, partly thanks to families who have preserved stories that can now be told.

Don’t miss your chance to hear their story at this very special event.

6.30pm, Wednesday 27 May 2015

Exhibition Hall, 1st Floor, New Annexe, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Alice Way, Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW3 3UA

The Speaker – Professor Stanley who is over from Australia where he is Research Professor at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He has written 27 books, mainly on Australian military history, and appears frequently on television documentaries. He now writes mainly about the Great War of 1914-18, though his most recent book was the Cunning man, an historical novel set in the First Anglo-Sikh War.

The Venue – see

Image: Sikh soldiers of 29th Indian Infantry Brigade rest in a trench, Gallipoli, 1915 (National Army Museum, acc. no. 1976-05-52-77)