Havelock Road in Southall could be renamed Guru Nanak Road
The road is home to Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall, UK
which is the largest gurdwara outside of India
London, June 11, 2020
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Havelock Road is where the largest Sikh gurdwara in western Europe is cited and as part of its 550-year celebrations of the birth of Guru Nanak this year, we want to make this name change to Havelock Road to Guru Nanak Road.
Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh spiritual Gurus.
The road is home to Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall, which is the largest gurdwara outside of India according to its official website. It was established in the 1950s.
The move comes as George Floyd protesters in the UK have been calling out controversial statues celebrating slave traders.
Ealing council leader Julian Bell said.
- In Bristol, protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader and merchant Edward Colston, who donated his wealth to the city upon his death. His legacy still remains in streets and buildings.
- “Our diversity is our strength and we need to make sure that our public realm, our statues, our road names, our buildings, reflect our diversity and do not reflect a frozen past where colonialism, racism and the slave trade were present and celebrated.”
- A consultation will be launched over changing Havelock Road to Guru Nanak Road, with the process to begin “very shortly”.
- The road is named for Sir Henry Havelock, a General who violently put down the First Indian War of Independence in 1857.
“This will symbolise the huge contribution of our Sikh community in Ealing and also diversity as a borough, and also it will represent our unity as a borough too.”
Ealing housing and planning chief Peter Mason said the decision to rename the road had unanimous support from Southall’s 15 councillors.