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100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: Should the Britishers Apologise for the Crime of their Forbears?

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Prof. Ashoka revisits the ugly Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, on its centenary and pays tribute to the martyrs, with Different Truths. An exclusive.

On the thirteenth of this month, we shall with heavy hearts commemorate the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, one of the ugliest chapters in British colonial history! Even an arch supporter of colonial mentality viz., Winston Churchill was compelled to condemn it in the House of Commons. He made probably his most brilliant and moving address when he stated, “Frightfullness is not a remedy that finds place in British pharmacopeia.”

The House of Commons was so moved that it roundly condemned the mass murderer Brigadier Reginald Dyer.

The House of Commons was so moved that it roundly condemned the mass murderer Brigadier Reginald Dyer. For some reason, the other crook and his partner in crime Colonel Frank Johnson escaped censure!

The British government did not crown itself with glory when the House of Lords overturned this censure. The British nation shamed itself when the Morning Post, one if its top dailies, which now goes under the name of Daily Telegraph today organised a collection for Dyer. He came back to Britain with a booty of 25,000 pounds sterling, in 1919. That is roughly the equivalent of 25,000,000 pounds sterling today and he died a very rich man. The booty was clearly a reward for teaching the coloured natives a lesson!

Dyer was honoured by the Golden Temple in Amritsar itself where the Chief Jathedar by the name of Aroor Singh presented him with a Siropa and made him an honorary Sikh, even allowing him to smoke!

That having said, let us look at the conduct of some of our own. Immediately after the massacre, Dyer was honoured by the Golden Temple in Amritsar itself where the Chief Jathedar by the name of Aroor Singh presented him with a Siropa and made him an honorary Sikh, even allowing him to smoke!

I have lived in Britain for a long time and Dyer is treated with universal revulsion.

One hundred years have elapsed now! The Daily Telegraph has a permanent correspondent placed in India. I have lived in Britain for a long time and Dyer is treated with universal revulsion.

It certainly does not help when the Queen’s husband, on a state visit to Jallianwala Bagh questions the mortality figures because he had apparently served in the Navy with Dyer’s son who told him so! In making that comment, he behaved like a semi-literate Greek sailor that many in Britain imagine him to be! But he clearly does not represent the British people.

The Rowlett Act which allowed Dyer to unleash this inhumanity was authored by Sir Sidney Rowlett, a lawyer and a judge! His great grandson Justin Rowlett is a senior correspondent based in India and he has publicly condemned the Act.

The Prime Minister of Britain has expressed regret in the House of Commons. And let us consider two org facts. The Rowlett Act which allowed Dyer to unleash this inhumanity was authored by Sir Sidney Rowlett, a lawyer, and a judge! His great-grandson Justin Rowlett is a senior correspondent based in India and he has publicly condemned the Act. The then Governor of Punjab Michael O’ Dwyer was shot dead by Udham Singh Khamboj of Jind, who was subsequently hanged and whose remains were brought back to India.

What I am saying is that we have moved on. There is a case for Britain apologising, but we must leave it to the consciences of the British people! Insisting on an apology seems a bit out of place! The present generation cannot be held guilty to crimes of its forbears any more than I can be held guilty for the caste oppression my forbears practised.

Let us now join together and pay homage to the martyrs!

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  1. Rupa Rao 2 months ago
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    wow!!! What a strong case for why we as a nation need to be on same page and cruelty under any flag is horrific and wrong.
    Stirs up all kind of pain, wrong-doing, call for justice and anger at some of our co-countrymen

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