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Jallianwala Bagh happened on this day in 1919

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Jallianwala bagh,Amritsar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

  • The Jallianwala Bagh exposed the inhuman approach of British when the British troop cold-bloodedly opened fire to unarmed crowd without any warning by General Dyer
  • A shocking act of brutality and one of the bloodiest massacres of modern history.

by Seetha Ramanthan

On this day- Sunday,13th April,1919– the most infamous incident in the history of India took place. Jallianwallah bagh is a public garden in Amritsar, Punjab. On This day being Baisakhi ( Harvest Festival) Punjabi New Year Day,many villagers had came to attend the Baisakhi fair.Some came to protest against the government’s new repressive measures.

British General Dyer had sensed a major  insurrection and to preempt, he banned all the public meetings. But this information was not circulated well. When he came to know that villagers and some protesters had gathered in the Bagh, he entered the bagh with  50 gurkha rifle men to a raised bank and he  ordered his men to fire at the citizens. It was very difficult for the people to escape through a very narrow entrance. Stampede followed and many to save themselves from the bullet jumped into  the well and lost their lives.

Several years back, I  got an opportunity to visit this place and was shell shocked to see the bullet marks in the well of Jallianwala Bagh.

It is said that 1650 rounds had been fired.In this massacre 379 declared dead and approximately 11,00 wounded.

Let us remember those innocent people’s sacrifice for the nation and salute those who faced the bullets!

Jalliawalan Bagh massacre led to severe protests across India. The atrocities were widely criticized. British government set up Hunter Commission to inquire the massacre. even though, General Dyer’s outrageous and grave misuse of authority was condemned by the commission, he was not penalized for his actions for political reasons.

Tomorrow14th April- 4 states will celebrate NEW YEAR. It is Bengali New Year, Malayali New Year. VISHU, Punjabi New Year.Baisakhi. Tamil New Year Pudhu varusham. while wishing the people of these  states “HAPPY NEW YEAR, let us also share the grief of people of KOLLAM, KERALA Where a major fire swallowed 116 lives and left more than 350 seriously wounded.

Mrs. Seetha Ramanathan lives in Bangalore and has specially contributed this piece for NewsGram. She can be reached via trrseetha@gmail.com

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Its sad to know that nobody remembers this brutal massacre on Baisakhi

  • Pragya Jha

    A big loss of human life!!!

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Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself

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The recent exit of politically outspoken leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fold in Punjab, at a time when general elections are around the corner, has raised a question mark over the party’s political future in the state.

It is not that Khaira, who was elected on the AAP ticket in the February 2017 assembly polls, was indispensable for the party in Punjab.

His exit, however, has shown that the AAP central leadership in Delhi continues to be unaffected by the self-created crisis in the Punjab unit that began in August 2016.

Khaira, who was suspended from the AAP along with another legislator, Kanwar Sandhu, in November 2018 for “anti-party activities”, last week floated a new party – Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) – and has given enough indications of splitting the AAP down the middle.

Six AAP legislators in the state were present at the launch of the new party even though they did not share the stage with Khaira.

The AAP’s Punjab unit is in complete disarray – be it the leadership crisis, lack of political direction or agenda or the complete disillusionment of its cadre.

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It’s not the first time that the AAP central leadership has committed political harakiri with the Punjab unit. It has become clear now that the AAP central leadership, instead of letting the Punjab unit take on the ruling Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance, ends up shooting itself in the foot every time.

Khaira was earlier unceremoniously removed as Leader of Opposition (LoP) by the AAP central leadership in July 2018. He openly rebelled against the party high command by dissolving the the AAP’s Punjab organisational structure and seeking complete autonomy for the state unit.

The AAP ousted its then Punjab unit chief, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, on flimsy bribery charges in August 2016, just months ahead of the assembly polls.

Chhotepur, who nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab, was shown the door after the emergence of a video clip in which an AAP worker was shown giving money to him. Even before this, Chhotepur was being sidelined in Punjab affairs with Delhi leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak calling all the shots.

As the Chhotepur episode unfolded, AAP leaders at the constituency and district level rebelled. Chhotepur, who accused the AAP central leadership of corruption in allotting tickets for various assembly seats, finally exited the party and formed a new political outfit – the Apna Punjab Party (APP) that has practically remained a non-starter.

The AAP appointed actor-comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, with no political experience, as its state convener in place of Chhotepur. Ghuggi left the party on a sour note just months later.

Two AAP MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, were suspended in August 2015 for questioning the AAP’s leadership style.

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Gandhi, a cardiologist and known social worker, is the MP from Patiala constituency, while Khalsa, a former diplomat, represents Fatehgarh Sahib in the Lok Sabha. Gandhi was also unceremoniously removed from the post of leader of AAP in the Lok Sabha.

The AAP, which was completely rejected elsewhere in the country in the April-May 2014 general elections, won four Lok Sabha seats from Punjab – Sangrur, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib.

The AAP started the year 2016 on an upswing. Poll surveys and the party’s own political calculations gave it anything from 75 to over 100 seats in the 117-member assembly.

The party, however, finished second and managed to end up as the main opposition party with 20 legislators. One legislator, lawyer-activist H.S. Phoolka, resigned from the assembly seat recently and even quit the AAP.

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With Khaira’s exit, his status as a legislator and the future of the six legislators who seem to be in his camp, will be seen in the coming months.

The party, which is the newest entrant on Punjab political scene – dominated largely by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress over the decades – is facing as much a challenge from its implosion.

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself. (IANS)