New Delhi: On the centenary day of observation of the dark history of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, High Commissioner of Britain to India Sir Dominic Asquith has penned down a message in the visitor’s book for the commemoration of the colonial genocide. “We deeply regret what happened,” he wrote.
How Britain looks at Jallianwala
Earlier, in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May had expressed regret over the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Theresa said in Parliament on Wednesday that she was deeply saddened by the incident and the misery caused by it.
However, the prime minister of the United Kingdom did not apologise for the genocide. The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbin, demanded of Theresa a clear and detailed apology, but she did not oblige.
Ex-Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron (tenure: 2010 to 2016) had said it was a very embarrassing event in the history of the British rule in India when he visited the country in 2013.
However, even Cameron had not apologised for Jallianwala and more.
This Saturday is the hundredth anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh scandal.
Commemoration in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first of eminent citizens to remember the day. He wrote on Twitter:
“Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of.”
Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of. pic.twitter.com/jBwZoSm41H
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 13, 2019
Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial on Saturday to mark the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten.
Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, State minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, accompanied by some other Congress leaders, paid floral tributes at the memorial inside the Jallianwala Bagh in the morning. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on 13 April 1919.