Thursday, April 16, 2015

13 April : 95th Anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrdom

95th Anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrdom
"The impossible men of India shall rise and liberate their Motherland." - Mahatma Gandhi, after the Amritsar Massacre.
"The incident in Jallianwala Bagh was 'an extraordinary event, a monstrous event, an event which stands in singular and sinister isolation." - Winston Churchill, after the Amritsar Massacre.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, was a seminal event in the British rule of India. On 13th April 1919, a crowd of non-violent innocent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh garden in Amritsar to protest the arrest of two leaders despite a curfew which had been recently declared. Around 10,000 people, which consisted of men, women and children, gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh. On the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer the only exit point of the park was blocked with his troop of 150 soldiers. He ordered his army to open fire at will without warning the crowd. 1,650 rounds of ammunition were fired for 15 minutes. The result: 400 people were killed. The 1,500 wounded people were left to die and many jumped into the well of the park in an effort to save themselves. This "brutality stunned the entire nation", resulting in a "wrenching loss of faith" of the general public in the intentions of Britain.

“Salute to the Martyrs, Innocent People”.

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