Meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby & Amrit Kaur Lohia of UKPHA

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby & Amrit Kaur Lohia of UKPHA. Photo credit: Nicola Green

Earlier last month I was given an opportunity to represent the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) at Lambeth Palace for a multi-faith reception hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The event was a celebration of history of the respect for religious diversity in Britain.

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Warrior Saints Book Launch

A fortnight ago the National Army Museum in Chelsea was witness to a sell-out launch event to celebrate the comeback of the classic Warrior Saints.


A crowd of nearly 250 mingled with the authors to welcome the new edition of Warrior Saints: Four Centuries of Sikh Military History (Vol.1), as well as admiring a display of art inspired by the book. Read more…

2012 Highlights


2011’s landmark exhibition on the Golden Temple was our big launch of the GT1588 initiative. And what an event that was.

However, it also gave us a problem: having set ourselves such a high bar, how on earth were we going to top that?

Thankfully, 2012 turned out to be an equally busy and successful year for the GT1588 Team – here are some of the highlights:

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GT1588′s Review of the Year

Touchdown! The Book of the Year arrived…

In January our landmark publication The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959) finally arrived, making it a late but very happy Christmas. Delayed by problems at the printers and then by storms at sea, the books finally arrived shipshape albeit several months late.

In actual fact, and by sheer coincidence, they arrived on Guru Gobind Singh’s Gurpurb, making it an extra special start to the year. Despite the delay early purchasers of the book were suitably pleased. The reviews were equally positive, for example this from Tribune  SikhChic.

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Our Top 10 Facebook Posts of 2012 – Sikh! Discover! Inspire!


2012 saw the tremendous growth in our Facebook page Sikh Discover Inspire – The GT1588 Initiative from a few thousand to nearly 10,000 followers. As well as highlighting Sikh heritage, history and traditions we’ve also kept abreast of topical news to create an enticing mix of stories over the past 12 months.

Here’s a rundown of our Top 10 of 2012 (based on number of ‘Likes’).

Which one is your favourite? Or was another post your personal favourite? Let us know by adding your comments at the end of this blog.

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Your Shout – your chance to shine!


GT1588 has grown rapidly on Facebook this year thanks to our wonderful community of almost 10,000 supportive fans – thank you!

To celebrate we’re launching a new initiative ‘Your Shout’ that gives you, our fans, centre stage.

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The Queen, the Archbishop and GT1588

GT1588 Queen ABC (2)

GT1588 volunteer Amrit Kaur Lohia recounts her experience representing Sikhs and GT1588 at the launch of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year:

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Kashi House Logo Explained

kashi house logo

Juga Singh explains how how the Kashi House logo design came about, as a modern visual expression of the Tenth Guru’s scholarly mission.

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Thank You 002, Order Confirmed

Jagjit Ranouta, 002

Our thanks to Jagjit Ranouta, one of our fans who is so passionate about our work that he purchased the Special Edition of our new book The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959) within minutes of it being released for sale on our website!

Here’s Jagjit explaining, in his own words, why he wanted to support us in this way, to help us deliver more special projects like this one:

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Reflections on a Book

Guru Kaur reviews book on Golden Temple

Check out this heartfelt review of our latest book, The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808 – 1959), by the inimitable Guru Kaur.

Having pre-sold most of the print run we’ve only got limited stock left, so secure your copy now.