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On this day 101 years back,
Cold-blooded massacre happened at #jallianwalabagh.

It was Sunday & around 15,000 Sikh's of Amritsar were celebrating their new year Baisakhi at the 7 acre park.

It was evening & the British came with around 90 footsoldiers & the 1st thing they did
Was to close the only exit of the park.

The British under the orders of Acting Brigadier Reginald Dyer took positions & started Indiscriminate Shooting..
They shot till their ammunition was finished & didn't stop even for a second in between.

While around 1000+ people died due
To shooting, around 200+ people died when they fell into the deep well while escaping the bullets.

The youngest was a 7 month infant..

The estimates says around 1200 people were massacred & 8000 people were injured..

The reason for #JallianwalaBaghMassacre was that British had
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The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
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On 13th April 1919 the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was carried out by the infamous Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer .

The Massacre was the result of the Anarchical & Revolutionary Crimes Act of 1919, famously known as the Rowlatt Act.
The Act came into force a month before the massacre. It shocked most Indians who had expected to be rewarded, not punished, for willingly fighting alongside the British in the WW1. The Act allowed political cases to be tried without jury, & imprisonment of suspects without trial.
The Act resulted in furious protests throughout the country. Gandhi started a campaign against Rowlatt Act. There were violent protests that resulted in the burning of the Town Hall and Railway station, disruption of telegraphs and communication system.
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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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The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place a hundred years ago, this day.

On 13 April 1919, troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer fired rifles into a crowd, who had gathered for a peaceful protest at the #JallianwalaBagh in Amritsar.
#JallianwalaBaghMassacre Hundreds were killed from the firing. Many drowned as they jumped into a well. Official estimates of the dead vary from 300 to over 1,000.

100 years later, the British have still not formally apologized for this massacre.…
I visited #JallianwalaBagh last year (photos in prev tweet).

It was a somber experience. 100 years later, standing in the garden, and walking through the narrow entrance passage, you could still visualize the horrific scenes there from April 13, 1919.

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