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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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Today is the 100th anniversary of the #JallianwalBagh massacre
Soldiers of 25th London enforcing the 'Crawling Order' in Amritsar, Apr 1919.
Buildup to #JallianwalaBagh massacre
"Your action is correct and the Lieutenant Governor approves"
Michael O'Dwyer (Punjab Governor) to Gen Dyer, after the massacre

Dwyer was dispatched to his maker to seek his approval by Udham Singh Shaheed in 1940.
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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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1/2 Theresa May’s expression of regret for the British massacre of Indians at #JallianwalaBagh is a welcome first step. As someone who has long sought an apology from London for its colonial atrocities, I am glad her statement at least addresses the issue. But it is not enough.
The British PM must now express a “full, clear and unequivocal apology” as sought by her opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn. More important, Britain must express atonement not just for one atrocity, but for the colonial evils of which #JallianwalaBagh was the symbol,not the cause.
Re these remarks by @theresa_may, , it really isn't about current UK-India relations, which are in good shape, but an expression of collective atonement by Britain for 200 years of exploitation of another country&its people. There are no other implications.
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