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Today marks a centenary since the Amritsar Massacre, known in India as Jallianwala Bagh.

It is a gaping hole in the knowledge of most people in Britain, whilst still a raw wound for many in India.

We owe it to our own future to be honest about our past. /1
At age 10, I recall being taught in school, without nuance, that Empire had been a force for good. I had by then already heard of Jallianwal Bagh. That was (cough) many years ago, but the nature of public discourse often feels stuck back there, in nostalgic, whitewashed mist. /2
It has been in equal parts ludicrous, embarrassing and sad to watch the Brexit debate often pick up the threads of Empire, without any idea of how others view us.

So, too, the idea that former colonies will wrap us in their family bosom & welcome our patronage once again. /3
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#LestWeForget The anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre today, when more than a 1000 Indians protesting for independence, were butchered, by General Dyer. What was even worse were the atrocities later inflicted on them. #JallianwalaBaghCentenary
I had actually been to #JallianwalaBagh way back in 2001, walked through the narrow entrance, stood on the ground stained with the blood of Indians, saw the well where many jumped in. And was totally shaken up by the magnitude of the atrocity.
The backdrop to Jallianwala Bagh was the Ghadr mutiny, which planned for a large scaled armed uprising against the British. The planned February mutiny was crushed by the British, and they passed the Defense of India Act in 1915, that basically granted em powers to detain.
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