Amandeep Madra

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Amandeep Madra (born 11 February) is an author and a founding member of the United Kingdom Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) and chairs its Management Board[1]. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the 2018 Birthday Honours List for services to Sikhs and Punjabi Heritage and Culture[2]

He is a regular contributor to the media on topics relating to Sikh and Punjabi heritage and history[3][4]. He was a contributor to a BBC 4 Television documentary on Maharaja Duleep Singh[5] and provided commentary on the topic in the media[6]. Amandeep is a recognised expert on the role of Sikhs in the First World War after his role as a curator of the 'Empire, Faith & War' exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, University of London in 2014[7]. He has provided commentary and insight to a variety of media outlets on this topic[8][9]

Amandeep has acted as a curator for three public exhibitions by the UK Punjab Heritage Association at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, The University of London. in 2011, 'The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past', the 2014 'Empire Faith & War:Sikhs and World War One'[10] and in 2018 'Empire of the Sikhs'[11]

During the 100th anniversary of the Amritsar Massacre of 1919 in 2019 Amandeep provided media commentary on the topic to the BBC [12], and newspapers around the world. His co-authored work was referenced in the UK Parliament during a debate on a possible State apology for the massacre[13].

Amandeep is a member of the Special Committee on Non Commemoration established by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which seeks to set out the definitive position of the CWGC regarding the commemoration by name of all Empire war dead of the two World Wars; identifying gaps, and proposing how these can be rectified[14]


He has co-authored five books on Sikh history all with Parmjit Singh

Warrior Saints: Three Centuries of Sikh Military Tradition (IB Tauris, London, 1999)[15]. Reviewed by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna in The Hindu[16]

"Sicques, Tigers, or Thieves”: Eyewitness Accounts of the Sikhs (1606-1809) (Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2004)

The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959) (Kashi House, London, 2011). Reviewed in The Times[17] and The Tribune (India)

Warrior Saints: Four Centuries of Sikh Military History (Kashi House, London, 2013). Featured in the BBC World News TV

Eyewitness at Amritsar: A Visual History of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (Kashi House, London, 2019)

Contributed articles on Udham Singh[18] and Maharaja Duleep Singh[19] for the New Dictionary of National Biography


He was awarded a Points of Light award for voluntary service in 2014 by Prime Minister, David Cameron[20]

He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Sikh and Punjabi Heritage and Culture


  1. "UKPHA Homepage". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  2. "Amandeep MADRA". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  3. Puri, Kavita (2019-12-20). "They came from south Asia to help rebuild Britain. The racism they saw then is back | Kavita Puri". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  4. "Remembering a Sikh postman whose battle benefits the community in UK even today". The Indian Express. 2019-05-12. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  5. "BBC Four - The Stolen Maharajah: Britain's Indian Royal". BBC. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  6. "Should the last Sikh maharajah be returned to India?". Hindustan Times. 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  7. Atwal, Kay. "First World War: Exhibition marks contribution of Sikhs during the Great War". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  8. "The true story of the Indian Army in WW1 and why Laurence Fox is wrong". Metro. 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  9. "Descendants of World War-I Sikh soldier, featured in Hungarian artist's prized artwork, traced to Punjab". The Indian Express. 2020-03-11. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  10. "Sikh soldiers' Great War effort told at last". Evening Standard. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  11. "Sikh legacy: Exhibition displaying artworks, objects related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family opens in UK". The Indian Express. 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  12. "BBC Radio 4 - Beyond Belief, Amritsar Massacre". BBC. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  13. "Jallianwala Bagh Massacre - Hansard". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  14. "Special Committee on Non-Commemoration | CWGC". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  15. Madra, Amandeep (1999). Warrior Saints. IB Tauris.
  16. Sarna, Navtej (2013-02-02). "Of valour sublime". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  17. Kohli, Hardeep Singh. "The allure of the Golden Temple". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  18. "Singh, Duleep (1838–1893), maharaja of Lahore". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/41277. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  19. "Singh, Duleep (1838–1893), maharaja of Lahore". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/41277. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  20. "Championing Sikh and Punjabi Culture". Points of Light. 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2020-07-12.

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