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UK MP’s motion for Jallianwala apology

London, October 21
One of Britain’s seniormost Indian-origin MPs has tabled a parliamentary motion, calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar during the Raj in 1919.
Virendra Sharma tabled his Early Day Motion (EDM) titled ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919’ earlier this week and has attracted five additional signatures from British MPs so far.
EDMs are formal motions tabled in the House of Commons as a means of drawing attention to a particular issue or cause. “This was an important moment in the history of Britain in India. Many suggest it was the beginning of the end, a moment that finally emboldened the Independence Movement. It must be commemorated, and the British government should make clear its repudiation of such a barbaric act,” said the Labour Party MP for Ealing Southall.
The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer fired at a crowd of people holding a pro-Independence demonstration.
The EDM notes that as the centenary of the event is approaching, it is appropriate to commemorate it. The motion also recognises
that former British PM David Cameron referred to the massacre as a “deeply shameful act” during a visit to India.
It urges the government to “formally apologise in the House and inaugurate a memorial day to commemorate this event”.