British High Commissioner to India terms Jallianwala Bagh massacre ‘shameful act’
British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith has termed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre during the colonial rule in India ‘a shameful act in British-Indian history.’
Asquith, who visited the historical monument to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre, wrote in the visitor’s diary, “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflects a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased today that the UK and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership.”
The British diplomat’s tribute came just days after his country’s prime minister, Theresa May, expressed deep regrets on the massacre. “The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh of 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history. As Her Majesty the Queen (Elizabeth II) said before visiting Jallianwala Bagh in 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India,” she had said in her statement.