The 1st Step was Taken

Socially conscious and civic minded persons of Indian origin settled in different parts of Europe have come together to form an Interfaith Shaheedi Commemoration Association (Association régie par la loi de 1901) with headquarters in Cergy France. It is headed by Ramesh Vohra a well-known and popular businessman of the French capital.

It is registered with the French authorities under the 1901 law. Its aim is to revive the memory of our soldiers who gave their lives during the two world wars, for people unknown to them and far away from their own families.

With a view to honour them and make their souls rest in peace, a big event was organized on 30 August 2015 in the city of Richebourg at the Neuve-Chapelle monument. Distinguished personalities who graced this occasion included H.E Dr. Mohan Kumar Ambassador of India in France. Madame Le Préfet of North Pas de Calais, General Olivier Leclerc of the French Army, Monsieur le Maire Gerard Delahey of Richebourg, Mayors of different communities of departments of 59 – 62, veteran Associations as well as about 1800 people of Indian Diaspora of Europe. A large interfaith prayer was organized with Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christians and Sikh priests, the same time and under one roof.

On this occasion, to pay homage to the departed souls and pray for their release so that they would- rest in peace in the court of the Divine. A new commemoration plate was inaugurated by the President of Interfaith Shaheedi commemoration Association Mr. Vohra ramesh along with Mr. Gerard Delahey Maire of Richebourg, recalling the ecumenical tribute to Indian soldiers of Great World Wars.

India’s role in the First War has always been downplayed and under-documented for a number of reasons. India did not gain freedom till the Second Great War making the First a distant memory. Since there was no Indian nation yet, any forces sent from the subcontinent tended to be Empire soldiers or soldiers of princely states – both notions making them somewhat less than Indian for later commentators.

The First World War is a relatively unnoticed event in an otherwise historic timeline of Indian events. This colossal effort in the most difficult circumstance is not entirely forgotten nor actively remembered and needs to be portrayed in the correct perspective globally and in India.

Your support would be a noble gesture that would leave an everlasting imprint in history and a humble tribute to the gallant sacrifice of the Indian soldier in the First World War.

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