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Rich history behind artefacts at new Indian Heritage Centre

Published on May 20, 2014 8:11 PM
Artist's impression of the award-winning Indian Heritage Centre. -- PHOTO: URBNARC PTE LTD

About 40 members of the Indian community have donated and loaned the new Indian Heritage Centre 250 artefacts - including intricate jewellery, police memorabilia and war time publications - from their private collections.

The four-storey centre, located at the intersection of Clive Street and Campbell Lane, cost about $12 million to build. It opens early next year.

Here are some of the highlights and the stories behind the artefacts:

An issue of The Orient Weekly from January 1946 is among several wartime publications donated by Singapore's sixth president SR Nathan. The collection provides rare documentary evidence of the involvement of the region's Indian community in the Indian National Army (INA) and the Indian Independence League - the army's fundraising arm, as they fought for independence from the British. Pictured on the cover of the weekly is INA's leader and Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose.

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