Punjab Seeks British Govt Apology for Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
The government of Punjab has sought an apology from the British government for the JallianwalaBagh massacre. A resolution demanding an apology from the British government was passed unanimously from the Punjab Assembly.
Resolution of Punjab Assembly
The resolution passed unanimously by the Punjab Assembly states:
- The tragic massacre of innocent protesters in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13, 1919 remains one of the most horrific memories of British colonial rule in India.
- This shameful military action against locals peacefully protesting against the oppressive Rowlatt Act has since received worldwide condemnation.
- Proper acknowledgement could only be by way of a formal apology by the British government to the people of India, as India observes the centenary of this great tragedy.
The resolution unanimously recommended the state government to take up this matter with the government of India to impress upon the British government to officially apologise for the massacre of innocent people at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar.
UK condemns avoids Apology
In 2013, then British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Jallianwala Bagh. He had voiced regret over the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and referred to it as a ‘shameful event in British history’.
In 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s called for an official apology on the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Thereafter UK Foreign Office stated that government has “rightly condemned” the “deeply shameful act” in British history in the past and had invoked the regret expressed by then PM David Cameron in 2013.