British envoy regrets 1919 colonial massacre of Indians

20 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron lays a wreath in tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs at the Jallian wala Bagh memorial in Amritsar

20 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron lays a wreath in tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs at the Jallian wala Bagh memorial in Amritsar

It shows us the depths to which depraved minds can plunge and cautions us to learn from the past.

Security in the city - also home to Sikhism's holiest shrine the Golden Temple - has been stepped up as hundreds of visitors and groups are likely to arrive at the site, Amritsar Police Commissioner S.S. Srivastava said.

Countering Modi's attack on him over the Jallianwala Bagh event organised by the central government, Amarinder Singh said the Centre had deliberately chosen to hold a parallel event instead of supporting the initiatives and programmes of the state government.

"Today, when we look at the hundred years of the heinous Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the memory of the martyrs inspires us to work even more for India, which they will be proud of".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "We pay homage to the martyrs of the horrific massacre of Jallianwala Bagh".

In a tweet, opposition leader Rahul Gandhi called the massacre "a day of infamy that stunned the entire world and changed the course of the Indian freedom struggle".

A Cabinet Minister (OP Soni) was, however, duly appointed to be present at the central government function, which was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, said Captain Amarinder, adding that all the necessary protocols were duly followed.

On April 13, 1919, some 50 British Indian army soldiers began shooting at unarmed civilians who were taking part in a peaceful protest against oppressive laws enforced in the Punjab region. "We salute the people of India who gave everything they had for it", the Congress chief wrote in the visitors' book.

Indians are commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the Amritsar massacre, which is widely regarded as one of the worst atrocities of colonial rule.

"We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused", May said - but she, too, avoided saying she was sorry.

He also wrote, "I am pleased today that the United Kingdom and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership". "He went with 'naamdar (dynasts)' but not with India's vice president", he said.

"You might want to rewrite history, as the Queen said, but you can't", Asquith said. I am pleased that today the UK-India relationship is one of collaboration, partnership, prosperity and security.

Yesterday was the centenary of the Jallianwalla Bagh, where almost 1,600 peaceful protesters were killed by soldiers led by British General Dyer. However, she stopped short of issuing a formal apology for the tragic incident. I have never raised a question on his patriotism.

"I would just ask you to respect what I came here to do, which was to commemorate those who died 100 years ago, to express the sorrow of the British government and of the British people", Asquith said.

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