Jallianwala Bagh gave courage to countless revolutionaries: PM Modi
Dedicating the renovated Jallianwala Bagh complex in Amritsar to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the memorial would inspire people to learn more about our history and the country’s journey to independence.
“Jallianwala Bagh is the place that gave courage to countless revolutionaries like Sardar Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh to sacrifice their lives for the freedom of the nation. This memorial will inspire people to learn more about our journey to independence and the sacrifices of all freedom fighters, ”Modi said, virtually addressing the event.
“It is the duty of a state to preserve its history. When we think of Jallianwala Bagh, we remember the similar horrors we witnessed during the score. The pain of what happened then is still felt today, across the country and especially in the Punjab. We decided to observe August 14 as Vibhajan Vivisikha Smriti Diwas (Partition Horrors Remembrance Day) to remember the pain and suffering the Indian people faced at the time.
The site was first opened by then-President Dr Rajendra Prasad on April 13, 1961, as a tribute to a nation grateful to the victims of the April 13, 1919 massacre, when large crowds had gathered. gathered in Bagh to protest the arrest of nationalist leaders. Saifuddin Kitchlu and Satya Pal. In response to the massive rally, British officer Colonel Reginald Edward Harry Dyer ordered his troops to shoot indiscriminately at the crowd, killing over 1,000 people and injuring hundreds.
Modi, who is also the chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust, dedicated the memorial to the public in the presence of other members of the trust, including Union Minister of Culture G Kishan Reddy, Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, Governor VP Singh Badnore and several parliamentarians. of the region.
Modi added, “Our tribal community has played a major role in the struggle for freedom, but their sacrifices have not been mentioned in the history books as much as they deserve. Work is underway on museums to showcase the struggle of Aadiwasi freedom fighters in nine states of the country. “
He added: “Like Jallianwala Bagh, the renovations of other memorials related to our struggle for freedom. Dedicated to Chandra Shekhar Azad, India’s first interactive gallery is being built in UP’s Allahabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said: “The Jallianwala Bagh Memorial should serve as a reminder to future generations of the right of the people to organize peaceful and democratic protests.
He added: “I ask the Prime Minister to use the offices of the Indian government to bring back from the UK to India personal items like the pistol and the diary of Shaheed Udham Singh, who avenged the injustice of this massacre. . I have already written to EAM S Jaishankar about this.
In 2019, approximately Rs 20 crore was allocated by the Center to commemorate 100 years of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Restoration and conservation works, and the construction of facilities such as toilets, counters and drinking water, have been undertaken by the Ministry of Culture. The memorial has been closed to the public since February 2019 for the renovation, implemented by the government company NBCC Ltd.
A sound and light show, retracing the events of April 13, 1919, was also organized on the occasion.