Indian-Origin MP Seeks UK PM’s Apology For Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

October 20, 2017 12:58
Indian-Origin MP Seeks UK PM’s Apology For Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

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Indian-Origin MP Seeks UK PM’s Apology For Jallianwala Bagh Massacre:- Virender Sharma, one of Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin MP has called for Prime Minister Theresa May to apologize for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. Earlier this week, he has tabled a Early Day Motion (EDM) under the name “Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919”. So far, he has attracted five additional signatures from British MPs.

“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 Labor Party MP for Ealing Southall.

In April 1919, the massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar over Baisakhi. The gruesome incident occurred when machine guns were fired by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer at a crowd of people. A pro-independence demonstration was held by the group. Thousands of lives were claimed and thousand others were injured in the incident.

To recognize the importance of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre the EDM calls on the House of Commons, as it is a turning point in the history of the British Empire in India. It is appropriate to commemorate it, as the centenary of the event is approaching, noted the EDM. The massacre was referred to as a “deeply shameful act” by former British Prime Minister David Cameron, recognized the EDM.

The government is further urged to ensure that “British children are taught about this shameful period and that modern British values welcome the right to peaceful protest; and further urges the government formally to apologize in the House and inaugurate a memorial day to commemorate this event”.

As a means of drawing attention to a particular issue or cause, the EDMs are formal motions tabled in the House of Commons.


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