Virendra Sharma MP has launched a petition calling for full and proper recognition of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacreand demanding a formal apology for the atrocity from Prime Minister Theresa May, on behalf of Britain.
The massacre, whichsome historians believe marked the beginning of the end of British rule in India, is a particularly ignominious episode in the history the Raj.On 13 April 1919,troops of the British Indian Army, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters and Baishakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar to take part in the annual Baisakhi celebrations, which are both a religious and cultural festival for the Punjabi people.Over 1,000 people were left dead.
At the time Winston Churchill proclaimed the massacre ‘monstrous’, while former prime minister HH Asquith called it ‘one of the worst outrages in the whole of our history’. The British government roundly condemned Dyer for his actions, yet no apology has ever been forthcoming.
‘It is now time to apologise,’ says Virendra Sharma, Labour MP for Ealing Southall. ‘Too few today know about this shameful period of history and in this the centenary year… I believe it is right to draw attention to the massacre and teach children in all schools about it. Please add your support by signing the petition.’
Thepetition is sponsored by Sharma and 20 other Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum. Earlier in 2017, Sharma tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion on the issue to raise its profile in Parliament.
At 10,000 signatures, the British government will respond to this petition and once it has received 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. People from across the country have already begun to sign, and the petition has so far gathered over 2,000 signatures.
To sign the petition, please go to the following link: