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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 28, July 9, 2006, Article 28

INDIAN AWARDEE'S VICTORIA CROSS MEDAL NOT FOR SALE

"Courage cannot be measured in money, says the family of late
Captain Umrao Singh who earned the highest military honour of
pre-independence India - the Victoria Cross. A rare medal in
the country now, Umrao Singh's family has just shrugged off a
50 lakh rupee offer for the cross."

"Prakash's family is used to receiving offers for this Victoria
Cross - an art collector's delight - and the latest is an offer
of 50 lakh rupees which is by no means a small amount for a
family of modest means. But as a proud son clarifies, there is
no price for extreme gallantry.

"For most of the country, India's 2 century long connection with
colonial Britain is a relationship that has only negative
connotations. But for Umrao Singh's family and his village, it
is a strong relationship of pride and valour - one that they are
not willing to give up at any price."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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