“BBC Remembrance: The Sikh Story”

BBC One
November 9, 2010

John Deol, Producer


Documentary examining why followers of the SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... religion were marked out as a ‘martial race’ under the British Empire, and how thousands of Sikh soldiers valiantly laid down their lives for Britain’s freedom across two world wars.

With contributions from eminent historians, military experts and war veterans, the film features the last-ever interview with legendary WW2 Squadron Leader Mahinder SinghUpon initiation into the Khalsa, Sikh men assume the name Singh, “Lion.” Pujji, and the first television broadcast of a rare audio recording of a WW1 Sikh prisoner of war, handed to Britain in 2010 after 94 years in German hands. (Duration: 30 minutes)

[Excerpt from “Remembrance: The Sikh Story.” BBC One. November 9, 2010. To view documentary visit, “Remembrance: The Sikh Story” on Youtube.]