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…

Punjab’s Rural Olympics

As the 77th Kila Raipur Sports Festival takes place GT1588 team member Harbakhsh Grewal looks at the wonder that is India’s Rural Olympics, and asks what the future holds for traditional sports.

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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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Today marks the anniversary of the heroic defence of Fort Saragarhi by 21 Sikhs in 1897. This picture, first published in Warrior Saints, shows the ruins of the fort after the battle took place.

The Battle of Saragarhi was fought by a detachment of twenty-one soldiers of the 36th (Sikh) Bengal Infantry (later the 36th Sikhs).
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It was a year ago today

‘A year ago today’. We’re reflecting on last summer’s smash hit exhibition and this picture taken exactly a year ago sums up that mood. Did you go? What were your highlights and memories?

Higher Faster Stronger

Only a few months to wait until the rural Olympics at Kila Raipur to banish those post-Olympic blues.