Star One to show fundraising polo match

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


In a first for UK Asian television, Star One has announced plans to telecast The Saragarhi Challenge Cup.

The fundraising polo match will be between the Indian Sherdills vs. the British Army Polo team, held at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club to commemorate the battle of Saragarhi – a very important battle that took place over a century ago.

The proceeds of the charity go to support the ;’Bhumi Vardaan’ Charity Foundation and the British Asian Trust.

The Price of Wales set up the Bhumi Vardaan Foundation during a visit to India in March 2006, to promote sustainable agriculture in the Punjab and help to ensure a viable way of life on the land not only for today�۪s farmers but also for future generations.

Yeshpal Sharma, Vice President, Star UK says, “Star is very proud to be involved in this charity event that honours a very important historic battle as well as the cause of sustainable farming in India. The Saragarhi Cup is in memory of the 21 Sikhs of the 36th Regiment, who died in the battle of Saragarhi, 12th September 1897.”

The Battle of Saragarhi, was fought during the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between twenty-one Sikhs of the 4th Battalion (then 36th Sikhs) of the Sikh Regiment of British India, defending an army post, and 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The battle occurred in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, now part of Pakistan, which then formed part of British India.

The ‘Saragarhi Challenge Cup will be exclusively shown on Star One UK this Sunday (21st November) at 18:00.