Remembering Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, London Mayor Calls Britain For An Apology
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is currently touring India and Pakistan and remembering his roots. During his trip to Amritsar, he reminisced the brutal massacre of Jallianwala Bagh where hundreds of innocent lives were taken on the hands of Britishers.
Following his visit to the Jallianwala Bagh complex, Khan shocked everyone when he asked the British government to apologise for the shootings. He stated, "The British government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh shootings. Some people use the word massacre."
The incident is considered as one of the most tragic events in Indian history where hundreds of unarmed civilians were shot and killed by the then British Indian Army led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer on April 13, 1919.
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The mayor visited the memorial on Wednesday as a part of his 6-day trade mission where he paid respect to the killed civilians while extending his own apology for the horrifying massacre. British Government is yet apologise for the happening, formally.
Calling for a "full and formal apology", Sadiq said, "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 almost 100 years on."
Mayor Sadiq Khan earlier visited Golden Temple recognised as the most important pilgrimage site of the Sikh faith where he met the langar volunteers. He didn't forget to take up the opportunity to reassure the community of his commitment.
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He earlier promised a war memorial in honour the Sikh servicemen and women who fought and lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars in central London. He said, "Britain and the world owe a huge debt to the Sikh servicemen and women who fought alongside British troops during the First and Second World Wars."
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hosted a dinner for the mayor on Tuesday where Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and others met Khan while appreciating his initiative "London Is Open".
Sadiq Khan is of Pakistan origin. However, his grandparents only shifted from India after the partition. He will also visit Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad in Pakistan.