Film pays tribute to World War I Indian soldiers

‘Farewell, My Indian Soldier’ screened in Wellington
Wellington, December 16, 2018
It was a moment of pride and gratitude as lawmakers and invited guests watched the premier of the movie, ‘Farewell, my Indian Soldier’ at Parliamentary Buildings in Wellington recently.
It showed two Indian-Anzac soldiers, Ratan Chand Mehra who was killed in Europe in 19195 and Jagat Singh, who was injured in Gallipoli.
Centenary Commemoration
National Members of Parliament Brett Hudson and Chris Bishop hosted the Premier to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.
Co-hosted by Ekta New Zealand Inc, the event was attended, among others, by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, diplomats, National MPs Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Dr Parmjeet Parmar and other guests.
About the Film
Produced by Vijay Sing, a film-maker from Paris, the movie traces India’s involvement in World War I through a French girl’s desire to get information about her great grandfather, who was stationed in France.
Immortal Memories
Mr Singh said that this was the first such film to be shown in New Zealand Parliament.
“If only the dead Indian and Anzac soldiers could peep through a hole in the Sky and see for themselves the loving memory they have left behind for the posterity, they would be pleased that they are remembered by us. In flesh and blood, they might have been mortals, but their memory shall forever remain immortal,” he said.
French acknowledgement
Expressing gratitude to WW100, which had sponsored the screening, Mr Singh said that their support was so symbolic and dignified that it brought together Indian and Anzac soldiers, just as they were in real life on the battlefields of the Western front.
French Ambassador Sylvaine Carta-Levert said that her country cannot forget the important and significant role that the Indian soldiers played in the War in general particularly in respect of France.
Sir Anand said that it was very important that diversity and the rich history that the new migrants bring with them like that of the Indian Soldiers in World War I should continue.

French Ambassador Sylvaine Carta-Levert speaking

National MP Chris Bishop, a host of the Premier
A section of the audience at the Premier

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