India marks colonial massacre centenary, Britain makes no apology

UK's Labour Party Wants'Unequivocal Apology For Jallianwala Bagh

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is one of the darkest chapters in the history of India's freedom struggle.

To commemorate the event on the 100th anniversary, Asquith paid his tribute and laid a floral wreath at the memorial in Amritsar.

On April 13, 1919, some 50 British Indian army soldiers began shooting at unarmed civilians who were taking part in a peaceful protest against oppressive laws enforced in the Punjab region.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday told parliament that Britain "deeply regretted what happened and the suffering caused". "I am pleased today that the United Kingdom and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership", wrote Asquith in the visitors' book at the memorial. He described the episode as "deeply shameful" but stopped short of a public apology.

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On Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, Brigadier General Reginald Dyer had opened fire on unarmed people at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.

"There are events in the histories of nations which are hard to forget and they hold a very emotionally charged space in a nation's memory", Navtej Sarna, a Sikh who has served as India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, told Reuters. The official death toll in the massacre by the British government was 379, however Indian claims the firing left over 1,000 people dead.

Earlier today, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes on Twitter to those who lost their lives in the massacre.

Indian Punjab Police personnel light candles along with local residents as they pay tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre martyrs on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in Amritsar on April 12, 2019.

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"The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten". Gandhi visited the memorial with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and a few other Congress leaders.

Hundreds of people, carrying the national flag, attended a candlelight march on Friday in memory of the victims before a commemoration ceremony later on Saturday.

Even 100 years on, Britain has still made no official apology and Dominic Asquith, high commissioner, on Saturday followed suit at the Jallianwala Bagh walled garden where bullet marks are still visible.

Amritsar's Jallianwala Bagh was a desolate piece of land partly used for dumping garbage. "It is a day to reaffirm India's centuries long commitment to ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family)". "This inhuman act of imperial might remains an indelible bloody stain on the canvas of recent Indian history", Naidu in his tribute said.

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