A Message from the Team
During collection of information
for the SCM site, I was over whelmed by the sheer amount of material
in public & private hands. Most astonishing was that many of
my peers were unaware or knew little or nothing about Anglo-Sikh
history, seeing at most a fraction of what was available. The well
known V&A display of Sikh items, a prime example, where many
were dismayed at what they saw, the curators at Victoria & Albert
museum knew more about the history & the relevance than many
of the Sikhs that visited.
Another example was the well-known book, Warrior
Saints, by Amardeep Singh Madra, and Parmjit Singh. The book had
some beautiful pictures, which tied Sikh history into a new &
interesting format, though again the tendency was, that we the Sikhs
of today did not truly appreciate what was contained in that pictorial
As Taranjit & myself have tried to explain
in more detail, who we are as Sikhs today and how from being alien
to the British, we have become active members of the Commonwealth.
Who ever finds the time to read about his or her history will find
a multitude of layers and once these layers are understood, they
will help the learner (Sikh) to understand themselves as well as
the world around them.
I hope that Sikhs will not forget family history and their forefathers.
For those who had relatives who fought in the British Army, I hope
we can find the time to remember them at minimum on 'Remembrance
Day', & May Day.
It was once said to me that when a Sikh did
his Ardas (heart felt plea to God), he/she would verbally trace
back the history of his/her family, as to say that I am here today
due to the efforts and sacrifices of my forefathers. This is the
greatest history, since it is personal and alive, let us not let
go of these grand traditions.
I hope that young Sikhs record and collect
oral information about their kin and their origins, we have parents/grandparents
who lived through the partition of India, who came to a country
owning little or nothing, who raised their children in a alien country,
and yet we know so little about them.
Sikh Cyber Museum
Working on the Sikh Cyber Museum has been a great journey of discovery
for me. I have learned so much about a very important part of my
peoples history and an important part of history of the country
in which I live today. A history that very little is known about
or talked about. A history that binds the cultures of Sikhs and
There is a general identity crisis
within the asian youth of today because they do not know, what they
are doing here, or how they have come to be here, or who they are.
Only when we look into the past and understand where we have come
from can we ascertain where we are now and more importantly in which
direction we must venture in the future.
I hope this website helps the next generation of British youth to
learn from our past, appreciate each others cultures and make a
connection for the Future.
Sikh Cyber Museum