Demands for apology continue 100 years after Amritsar massacre

16 April, 2019, 14:28 | Author: Wade Massey
  • 20 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron lays a wreath in tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs at the Jallian wala Bagh memorial in Amritsar

Security in the city - also home to Sikhism's holiest shrine the Golden Temple - has been stepped up as hundreds of visitors and groups are likely to arrive at the site, Amritsar Police Commissioner S.S. Srivastava said.

He said, "I have known Captain Amarinder Singh for a long time".

"The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British-Indian history". His courage and sacrifice can never be forgotten.

In a tweet on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the tragedy "horrific" and that the memory of those killed "inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of".

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is one of the darkest chapters in the history of India's freedom struggle.

A Cabinet Minister (OP Soni) was, however, duly appointed to be present at the central government function, which was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, said Amarinder, adding that all the necessary protocols were duly followed.

Demands by several past Indian leaders and politicians for Britain to apologise for the massacre have fallen on deaf ears. "We salute the people of India who gave everything they had for it", the Congress chief wrote in the visitors' book.

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India on Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the Amritsar massacre, one of the worst atrocities of British colonial rule and one for which London has yet to apologize. "He went to Jallianwala Bagh with naamdar but didn't find it right to attend event with Vice President", Modi said.

The exhibition, supported by the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee (JBCCC), comprising prominent Indians and non-resident Indians (NRIs), is aimed at raising awareness around the peaceful protest to mark Baisakhi, the divergent British and Indian inquiry findings, and the ongoing social, political, and cultural response. He described the episode as "deeply shameful" but stopped short of a public apology. I have never raised a question on his patriotism.

Yesterday, Amarinder Singh's tweet that the United Kingdom government issue and "unequivocal apology" for the massacre a hundred years ago, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the Congress should apologise for the Operation Bluestar - the a military crackdown on Sikh terrorists who were carrying on the Khalistan movement. "But I would repeat what I said; both governments are committed to building a very strong relationship".

Asquith also added that the Queen had spoken of the incident as a distressing example of Britain's past history with India.

Earlier the Punjab chief minister slammed MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal on her hypocrisy about commemorating Jallianwala Bagh, saying that her husband's ancestors had organised a lavish dinner to celebrate the massacre.

"My own great grandfather, who was the prime minister for nearly a decade, had referred to this as one of the worst outrages in our whole history", he said.

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