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Remembering Martyrs of The Jallianwala Bagh

Today is the 101st anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh. The country is remembering the sacrifice of thousands of martyrs, who were killed in the massacre in Amritsar in 1919. However, only 379 deaths were officially declared in the British Government figures.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is a dark chapter in the history of British India. On April 13, 1919, 101 years from today, British officer General Dyer had indiscriminately fired bullets at the unarmed crowd present at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. More than 1,000 people were killed in this assassination, leaving at least 1,500 injured.

The day this brutal incident occurred, a Punjabi festival Baisakhi was being observed. It was after this genocide, that the end of British rule started. Many historians believe that after this incident the “moral” claim of the British to rule India came to an end. This incident directly inspired Indians for united political movement, the result of which was seen as the attainment of Indian independence. After this, the country found a revolutionary like Udham Singh and a strong sense of patriotism was born in youths, including prominent names like Bhagat Singh.

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