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1) The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh is a shameful scar on British Indian history. Comment. (250 words)

Topic:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

1) The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh is a shameful scar on British Indian history. Comment. (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is in context of 100th anniversary of the tragic incident  of Jallianwala Bagh. Recently British Prime minister Theresa May described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh of 1919 and its significance in the history of modern India and in what way it’s a blot on the British Indian history.

Directive:

Commenthere we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly narrate the incident of the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh of 1919.

Body:

The discussion should have the following points :

  • The massacre – It took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar over Baisakhi in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer fired machine guns at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration. It claimed thousands of lives and injured thousands others.
  • Explain the Britain’s position since the mid-1990s of expressing ‘deep regret’ for the April 13, 1919, massacre in Jallianwala Bagh and not issuing a formal apology.
  • India – UK relationship as of today and impact of this historical past.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance of the massacre and the turning point it brought in British history.