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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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