UK MP wants memo­rial to Jal­lian­wala Bagh mas­sacre to be built in Lon­don

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB -

LON­DON : Bri­tish mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Virendra Sharma has sought a for­mal com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Jal­lian­wala Bagh mas­sacre of April 13, 1919, that marked the be­gin­ning of the end of Bri­tish rule in In­dia.

Ad­dress­ing an event here to mark the 99th an­niver­sary of the mas­sacre, the Labour Party mem­ber, with roots in Ja­land­har, called for a for­mal memo­rial in Lon­don to the heinous act. He said the mas­sacre should also be in­cluded in the cur­ricu­lum.

Sharma, who rep­re­sents Eal­ing Southall, echoed the de­mand of lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers who have been mount­ing pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment for a per­ma­nent memo­rial.

“It is wrong that this hugely sig­nif­i­cant event goes prac­ti­cally un­re­mem­bered in Britain. While the cruel mur­der of a thou­sand Sikhs, Mus­lims and Hin­dus was the be­gin­ning of the end of Bri­tish rule in In­dia, few here even know it hap­pened. To this day mil­lions across In­dia and Pak­istan re­mem­ber this day.”

“I want the next gen­er­a­tion of school­child­ren to learn about the Amritsar mas­sacre and to learn all as­pects of colo­nial­ism. Lon­don, as the cen­tre of the Bri­tish Em­pire, is the right place for a for­mal and last­ing mon­u­ment to what hap­pened,” he said.

“The calls for a memo­rial have con­tin­ued to grow and now as we en­ter the 99th an­niver­sary year, they will only grow louder,” he added.

In March, Sharma had raised the is­sue in the House of Com­mons. Sharma had asked Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May: “This year, April 13 rep­re­sents the 99th an­niver­sary of what hap­pened at the Jal­lian­wala Bagh in Amritsar, In­dia, known as the Jal­lian­wala Bagh mas­sacre, in which more than 1,000 peace­ful pro­test­ers were mur­dered by sol­diers un­der the com­mand of Gen­eral Dyer.”

“Will the Prime Min­is­ter join me in com­mem­o­rat­ing the mas­sacre and meet me and oth­ers who are cam­paign­ing for this shame­ful episode to be re­mem­bered across the UK?”

May had replied: “The gen­tle­man has raised a very spe­cific is­sue and a very spe­cific point. I will be happy to look at the ques­tion he has raised and re­spond to him in writ­ing.”

I want the next gen­er­a­tion of school­child­ren to learn about the mas­sacre. Lon­don as the cen­tre of the Bri­tish Em­pire is the right place for a for­mal and last­ing mon­u­ment . VIRENDRA SHARMA, In­dia-born MP

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Labour Party MP Virendra Sharma (cen­tre), who rep­re­sents Eal­ing Southall, echoed the de­mand of lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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