Sunday, 20 October, 2019


London mayor Sadiq Khan visits Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar

Asian Image London mayor Sadiq Khan visits Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar
Conrad Doyle | 06 December, 2017, 18:20

Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed the suggestion of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan that the United Kingdom government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

"It is one of the most horrific events in Indian history and it is shameful that successive British Governments have fallen short of delivering a formal apology nearly 100 years on", the Mayor said.

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre is considered to be one of the most tragic events in Indian history.

A large number of people were killed in the incident.

Khan, who was on a three-city tour of India, visiting Mumbai, New Delhi and Amritsar, later crossed over to Pakistan from the Attari-Wagah land border. "The Golden Temple is a spiritual home for tens of thousands of Londoners of the Sikh faith and millions of Sikhs around the world come to Amritsar to pay their respects to worship", he said while talking to the reporters.

Though British monarch Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip visited the Jallianwala Bagh in October 1997, no apology for the massacre was offered.

Khan said that the British government should apologise for the massacre which left hundreds dead. This is about properly acknowledging what happened here and giving the people of Amritsar and India the closure they need through a formal apology.

The then British prime minister David Cameron described it as deeply shameful when he visited the memorial in the northern state of Punjab during a 2013 trip to India, but stopped short of an apology. "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".

Khan went around the Jallianwala Bagh complex and saw the Martyr's Well and the bullet marks on the walls.

"It was incredibly moving to visit Jallianwala Bagh". Our thoughts are with all those who died.

The Labour politician also visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.

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