British PM confronts Jalianwala Bagh massacre

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Amritsar/New Delhi: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday confronted the biggest colonial era massacre in India.

On the last leg of his three-day India visit, Cameron visited north-western city of Amritsar. He there laid a wreath at the memorial to the victims at Jalianwala Bagh, a place where British troops opened fire on thousands of Indians in 1919.

Writing in the memorial book of condolence, he stated, “This was a deeply shameful event in British history and one that Winston Churchill rightly declared at the time as monstrous.”

He further goes on to state, “We must never forget what happened here. And in remembering we must ensure that the United Kingdom stands up for the right of peaceful protest around the world.”

As per certain sections of press, Cameron’s move is seen as a gamble who is aiming to link British businesses to one of the world’s fastest growing economies, predicted to become the third largest by 2050.

Whatever it may be, but a confrontation from a top British leader after 94 years will certainly provide some relief to those who need it.
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