Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Amritsar
Today is Baisakhi, one of the few festivals in India that follows the solar calendar, the other one being Sankranti. Both are in a way related to the change of season and bumper crops. But Baishakhi also has a place in the freedom struggle of India. It was on this day April 13, 1919, that hundreds of innocent Indians, participating in a meeting in the famous Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar were butchered by the troops on order by Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer. Till date, one can see the marks of bullets on the walls of the gardens. Recently when the British PM David Cameron visited India he visited Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, he mentioned that the incident is shameful in the British History but did not offer any apology. I guess the British still do not feel a need to the apology the logic being it will open the floodgates for apologies demand from around the world. Well, don’t you think that tells about the kind of things the Raj must have done around the world? I am giving below two pictures from our visit to the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Amritsar a few year ago. It sends a chill down your spine to see all those bullet marks on the walls.
So today as we celebrate Vaisakhi or Baisakhi, let us also spend a few minutes and pay our respects to the Shaheeds ( martyrs), who gave their life so that we could have the life we have today. They all gave their lives just in hope that we live in freedom.
Shaheedon ki chitaon par lagenge har baras mele, Watan pe mitne walon ka yahi baki nishaan hoga.
How To Reach Jallianwala Bagh : Once you are in the old part of the city close to the Golden Temple any rickshaw walla will take you to Jallianwala Bagh. Here is the Google Maps Link to reach Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. In the evening we went to watch Wagah Border Ceremony .
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