Would Great Britain now seek apology from India for carrying out Jallianwala Bagh massacre way back in year 1919? The debate came alive after an Indian origin Member of Parliament Virendra Sharma tabled his Early Day Motion titled ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919’ earlier this week. The parliamentary motion seeks apology from Prime Minister Theresa May on the issue.
The Member of Parliament Virendra Sharma has so far attracted five additional signatures from British MPs to this end. “This was an important moment in the history of Britain in India. Many suggest it was the beginning of the end, a moment that finally emboldened the Independence Movement. It must be commemorated, and the British government should make clear its repudiation of such a barbaric act,” said the Labour Party MP for Ealing Southall.
The massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during Baisakhi in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer fired machine guns at a crowd of unarmed people holding a pro-independence demonstration. While official figures of the British government put the death toll at 379, thousands had died in reality and thousand others were injured. The EDM calls on the House of Commons to recognise the importance of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a turning point in the history of the British Empire in India.