Remembering Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, London Mayor Calls Britain For An Apology

Pablo Tucker
December 8, 2017

The Punjab chief minister said he heard Khan's remarks on the Jallianwala incident and was happy to know about his feelings on the matter.

The British government has reiterated its past stance on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, following the call from London Mayor Sadiq Khan for a formal apology from the government, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the atrocity in 2019. "Although our two great countries now have a close relationship in business, culture, education and more, an apology from the British Government will go a long way in healing the wounds left by this very bad event".

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre counts among the most horrific events of the Indian freedom struggle. His grandparents migrated from India to Pakistan, and his parents moved to London in the 1906s, where he was born. He stated, "The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh shootings".

During a visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial and garden, the Mayor paid his respects to those who were killed there in 1919, and made it clear that, nearly 100 years on from the terrible event, the British Government should formally apologise on behalf of the British politicians of the time.

Writing in the visitors' book, Khan said it had been "incredibly moving" to see the site of the massacre, calling it a tragedy that should never be forgotten.

Hundreds of Indians, including women, children and the aged, were shot dead by British troops led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer on April 13, 1919. It is thought that 379 people were killed, but the figure is still disputed. "It was important for me also to come to the Jallianwala Bagh. Some people use the word massacre".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is now touring India and Pakistan and remembering his roots.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee gave Khan a "siropa" (robe of honour) during the visit.

Earlier in the day he visited the Golden Temple, the most revered place for the Sikh religion, where he covered his head with a white cloth and sat cross-legged on the floor to eat at the community kitchen.

Mr Khan, who was on a three-city tour to India, visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar to strengthen the UK's capital trade ties with India.

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