Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month
From 18th July– 17th Aug people up and down the country will be celebrating and raising awareness of people of British South Asian heritage and history.
Afzel Laher who works in in the motor retail tribe at Direct Line Group explains what South Asian month means to him and his family.
I wasn’t aware of South Asian Heritage month and only became aware of it as I am involved in DLG’s Diversity Network Alliance BAME strand. I think it’s great that the UK has a month dedicated to celebrating South Asian Heritage. Hopefully it will give people the opportunity to learn more about how people of South Asian heritage have been living in and contributing to the UK since as far back as the 18th Century.
As a British born person of Indian heritage, I myself am so proud of how much Indian and South Asian culture has impacted the UK and how South Asians born both here and elsewhere have contributed to this country. I think just about every town in the UK has at least one “Curry House” and “going for a curry” has now become an intrinsic part of British culture. I am also very proud of the people of South Asian heritage who have made huge impact on politics, business, television, sport and music and I’m looking forward to learning more about these people and the contributions they’ve made over the next month.
Five facts about South Asian Heritage
- South Asian Heritage Month was first launched at the House of Commons in July 2019.
- South Asia is formed of 8 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
- Each of these countries have been hugely impacted by its relationship with the UK, and the UK has been hugely impacted by its relationship with South Asia.
- India raised the world’s largest volunteer armies, 1.5 m in WW1 and 2.5m in WW2.
- Princess Sophia, daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh, was a prominent suffragette who campaigned to get UK women the vote. e.