Two NZ Members of Parliament (MPs) hosted the showing of “Farewell My Indian Soldier” on Wednesday (12 Dec 2018).
Parliamentarians Brett Hudson and Chris Bishop hosted the event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.
The documentary pays a tribute to the Indian soldiers of WW1 and in the memory of the two Indian ANZACs of New Zealand, Ratan Chand Mehra who was killed in Europe in 1915 and Jagt Singh who was injured in Gallipoli.
Also joining in hosting the event were MPs Kanwaljit Singh and Dr Parmjeet Parmar.
“This is the first time ever that the role of the Indian soldiers of WW1 has ever been brought to the NZ Parliament or for that any Parliament. It is a historic occasion,” said Manjit Singh Grewal from NZ Ekta Inc, the co-host of the event, told Asia Samachar.
He added: “This is quite an event and we hope other countries including Malaysia and Singapore will screen it. Thus far the film maker says over a million have viewed it.”
The documentary made by Parisian film maker, Vijay Singh traces India’s involvement in the Great War through a French girl’s desire to get information of Indian great grandfather who was stationed in France during the war.
It is the first time such a tribute has been screened in New Zealand Parliament for the Indian Soldiers.
Former NZ Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand was the main guest.
Speaking at the event, French Ambassador Sylvaine Carta-Levert said that France could not forget the very important and significant role the Indian soldiers played in the War and in particular with regards to France.
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