|This paper presents field and desk research to give a Sikh perspective on the memorials of|
British imperialists and Sikhs of the Indian Army found in the City of Westminster, a borough
located in Central London, United Kingdom. Given the concentration of sites of national
importance and heritage, the streets of Westminster contain a wealth of memorials, artefacts and
events which also are connected to Sikh political and military history, the region of Punjab and
the Sikh people. The individuals commemorated on the streets of Westminster represent a
palpable history of the Sikhs and the Kingdom of Lahore, the East India Company in the Anglo-
Sikh Wars and the Indian uprising of 1857, and soldiers and officers serving in the Indian Army
in the two World Wars and conflicts in the first half of the 20th century.
Keywords: Sikh heritage, Westminster, East India Company, British empire, Indian army
The Shadows of Empire: British Imperial and Sikh History on the Streets of Westminster, London – Ranveer Singh
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|Ranveer (Rav) Singh|
Founder, A Little History of the Sikhs