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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01792

The British Indian Army Memorial

Submitted by: Anas Sarwar, Glasgow, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Supported by: Karen Adam, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Foysol Choudhury, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Sharon Dowey, Annabelle Ewing, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Douglas Lumsden, Ruth Maguire, Michael Marra, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Paul O'Kane (Registered interest ), Douglas Ross, Alex Rowley, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Martin Whitfield, Beatrice Wishart

That the Parliament commemorates the service and sacrifice of over four million soldiers from the British Indian Army (BIA) who fought in both world wars; recognises that Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Gurkhas, and more from a range of nations, fought alongside British troops and more than 160,000 soldiers lost their lives; recognises that Scotland has a special link with the BIA through soldiers from the Force K6 regiment, from the Punjab, who escaped from Dunkirk during the Second World War and made their way to Scotland; welcomes the campaign by the charity, Colourful Heritage, to build Scotland’s first permanent memorial to the soldiers of the BIA in Glasgow, and believes this would be a fitting way to commemorate their service and sacrifice.