No apology from Britain for Amritsar massacre 100 years on

A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massare at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Feb. 4 2010

A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massare at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Feb. 4 2010. Narinder Nanu—AFP Getty Images

India Saturday marked the centenary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, as British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith described the tragedy as "shameful act in British-Indian history". "We will never forget what happened here". "Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of", PM Modi tweeted.

Taking a jibe at Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the former did not get time to attend the government's Jallianwala Bagh event with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu as he was busy with "parivar bhakti".

Hundreds of people holding candles and the national flag marched through the northern Indian city of Amritsar on Friday, on the eve of the centenary of the colonial-era Jallianwala Bagh massacre that British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a "shameful scar".

British Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement in the House of Commons earlier this week to say the United Kingdom deeply regrets the tragedy, which she described as a shameful scar on British Indian history.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today weighed in on the debate over the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre by the British, which has been raging between the Congress and the BJP in Punjab.

Condemning the prime minister for trying to mislead the people with this politically motivated falsehoods, the Chief Minister said it was Modi who had insulted the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, first by not being present at any of the commemorative events and then by choosing to politicise the occasion. "You might want to rewrite history, but you can't", he said. However, she stopped short of issuing a formal apology for the tragic incident.

"Hundred years ago, General Reginald Dyer's troops opened fire on unarmed, peaceful protesters at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar leaving hundreds dead and thousands wounded".

"But I would repeat what I said earlier that both governments are committed to building a very strong relationship...we have an extraordinarily flourishing relationship today".

In February, in the year of entry into the 100th anniversary of the Jalianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, a resolution was passed unanimously in the Punjab assembly, to demand an apology from the British government for the Jalianwala Bagh massacre.

"My own great grandfather, who was the prime minister for nearly a decade, had referred to this as one of the worst outrages in our whole history", he said. "This was truly shocking considering the fact that the Prime Minister was Chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust", he said in a statement here.

"On the centenary of the Jallianwala tragedy, our homage to martyrs & sympathy to the family members who sacrificed their lives for the country".

It is an apt moment for the British government to offer an apology to India, Manjit Singh GK, Patron-in-Chief of the JBCCC, said.

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