The British government declined to issue an official regret for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre quoting fiscal inferences as one of the key issues.
Speaking at Westminster Hall in the House of Commons complex UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field stated that he has “slightly conventional views on UK’s colonial past” and further said that he feels a bit unwilling to apologize for things which have happened in the past.
Speaking in the House of Commons Field told that frequently issuing apologies for events associated with the British Raj had its own problems. Further, add it will set an erroneous precedent as economic implications can follow once the formal apology is an issue.
Though, reiterated his government genuine regret on April 13th, 1919 massacre and reported: “The issue of properly marking the somber 100th-anniversary leftovers a work in progress and a lively discussion was taking place amid senior officials and ministers.”
Highlighting the modern relationship with India with emphasis on the future Field reporting he obliges to take a message back to Downing Street that maybe a little more is essential than the profound regret previously stated by the UK government.
The communication was schedule by Bob Blackman, Conservative Party MP and expert Indian-origin Labor MP Virendra Sharma commands a formal apology from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, along with others resounding alike demand of interpreting a memorial to honor the fallen.
Ordered to fire
On April 13th, 1923, General Dyer, the Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, requested his soldiers to stop the main exit of the park and ordered to fire instantaneously. The fire which sustained for not more than 10 minutes lead to the death of women, men, and children.
The citizens had congregated to protest against the deportation and arrest of Indian freedom fighters such as Saifuddin Kitchlew and Satya Pal and the UK government specifically Dyer feared insurgency due to which he barred all the meetings.
The Conventional MP also worried about making the massacre a part of the school curriculum in Britain.
Indian-origin peers Lord Raj Loomba and Lord Meghnad Desai, members from the newly created JBCC (Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee), have also written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for a formal apology, said PTI.
EU Prime Minister Theresa May later in the day stated regret for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in the UK Government and stated, “We intensely regret what happened and the suffering instigated.”