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furious row has erupted over what to call Havelock Road in west London after the council decided to strip the name off a British general who killed Indian soldiers to name it after the founder of Sikhism.
A stretch of Havelock Road in Southall is set to be renamed after Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, after a local MP argued that it currently honoured a “colonial oppressor who ravaged India for personal gain”
The Indian community accounts for nearly 50 per cent of Southall’s population of 70,000.
Henry Havelock was a British general who won fame for his recapture of Cawnpore during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Havelock won adulation back home for his violent putdown of the Indian ‘mutineers’ who threatened the British Empire.
He died of dysentery three days after his men survived the siege of Lucknow in 1857. His surviving family were awarded his title as a baron thanks to his exploits.
His tomb still stands in Chander Nagar – Alambagh area of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and there is a statue to him in Trafalgar Square.
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