Full disclosure, I’d never heard of South Asian Heritage Month till the end of last year… And that was in a diversity group meeting. It’s just not as well known as Black History Month yet, but that’s down to it only being 2 years old.

Founded by Jasvir Singh OBE, Dr Binita Kane, and Anita Rani, the first South Asian Heritage Month event took place in 2019 at the House of Commons in England. The idea behind the Month is to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration. The ultimate goal is to help people to better understand the diversity of present-day Britain and improve social cohesion across the country.

The story of South Asia & Britain is built on colonialism, and the nonsense pedalled in the British education system portrays it as great thing, when in Britain actually stole an estimated $45 trillion from India alone, let alone other countries within South & South East Asian. 

Similar to the WindRush generation, South Asians came to England to help rebuild it after Work War II, working in the steel factories of the north and the garment factories in the south. It for this reason that South Asian influences can be found everywhere in Britain. From food and clothes to music and even words. The streets of English towns and cities are filled with the colours, sights and sounds of South Asian identity. Its culture permeates all parts of British life and adds to the diversity of the nation. 

South Asian Heritage Month runs from 18 July – 17 August, and this is because it respects and follows the traditions of the South Asian solar calendar and the 18 July – 17 August contains several significant dates:

The month also very nearly coincides with the South Asian month of Saravan/Sawan, which is the main monsoon month when the region's habitat undergoes renewal.

Check out www.southasianheritage.org.uk to find out more about the events happening over the next 3 weeks.

Here at Whitespace, I’ll be speaking with Ravneet Gill, the co-host of Junior Bake Off and founder of Damson Jelly Academy to find out about her career journey and understand how being a British Asian has influenced it.