No apology from United Kingdom on centenary of Amritsar massacre

No apology from United Kingdom on centenary of Amritsar massacre

The massacre took place in the walled enclosure of Jallianwala Bagh, which is still pockmarked with bullet holes.

The Vice-President also released coins of Rs 100 with "Centenary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre" written on it and the memorial drawn on it. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary: 100 Years Ago, British Raj Committed Worst Bloodbath and Inflicted Most "Shameful Scar" on its History.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre has emerged as a sensitive topic as it commemorates 100 years in 2019.

And the calls for an apology continue.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for politicizing Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Revisiting the event, its causes and aftermath, the nuanced exhibition explores what we remember, how we remember it, and what we have forgotten, in India and the UK, Manchester Museum said in a statement.

100 years ago today the British Brigadier General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on a crowd of unarmed men, women and children gathered in a public garden in the Indian city of Amritsar. "Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of", Modi said.

He said his country regrets "the suffering caused" and "the revulsion that we felt at the time is still strong today".

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In March 1919, the British colonial government passed the Anarchical and Revolutionary Crimes Act, or the Rowlatt Act, extending repressive measures in force during World War I (1914-18).

Demands by several past Indian leaders and politicians for Britain to apologise for the massacre have fallen on deaf ears.

Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and Punjab Cabinet Minister O P Soni were among others present at the function held in the afternoon.

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.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten.

"This was truly shocking considering that the prime minister is the chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust", Singh said.

"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. "This inhuman act of imperial might remains an indelible bloody stain on the canvas of recent Indian history", Naidu in his tribute said. However, she stopped short of issuing a formal apology for the tragic incident.

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