Centre’s Renovation of Jallianwala Bagh Sparks Outrage

Jallianwala Bagh

Indians are outraged by the Renovation of Jallianwala Bagh Memorial park that was the site of one of Britain’s bloodiest massacres. Hundreds of Indians were killed by British troops in 1919 while attending a public meeting at the site, which was a turning point in India’s Nationalist movement. 

Since then, Jallianwala Bagh’s surroundings, with its stone monument, porticos, and pathways, have served as a sombre reminder of India’s sad past, attracting visitors from all over the world.

The government has recently given the site a renovation, opening museum exhibits and launching a daily sound and light performance depicting the events of April 13, 1919. To memorialise those who perished on that dreadful day. Murals and sculptures have been added to the walls of a tiny passage, through which British soldiers led by Brigadier General RH Dyer entered the park.

According to PM Modi, the renovated Jallianwala Bagh “will remind the new generation about the history of this holy place and will inspire to learn a lot about its past”.

However, many critics and leaders criticized the action, accusing the administration of attempting to erase and misrepresent the country’s history and also criticised PM Modi led government over the decision.

Historian Kim Wagner described it as “part of the general Disneyfication of Amritsar’s old city,” stating that the site’s revamping “means that the last traces of the event have effectively been erased.”

 

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