Noor Inayat Khan, the first Indian-origin World War II spy for Britain, and Khudadad Khan, the first soldier of the British Indian Army to become the recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross – the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, are among those in the running for a new series of commemorative coins.
It has been a long time coming but some of the lesser-known sacrifices of Indians during the two World Wars is finally being documented and digitised for posterity. The remarkable story of an airman who overcame prejudice to become one of only a handful of Indian fighter pilots in the First World War is among the many war-time stories to be documented in a new digital archive recently released by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Lieutenant Shri Krishna Chanda Welinkar is [...]
Commemorative poppies made out of the traditional handwoven Gandhian cloth have added a new dimension to honouring the memory of British Indian soldiers who fought in the World Wars. The Indian and England cricket teams, playing their final Test match at the Oval in London last month, united to recognise the role of Indian soldiers during the First World War as part of a British armed forces charity's poppy movement. The two squad captains, Virat Kohli and Joe Root, became the [...]