IMO News Service
Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Centenary in 2019 is to be marked by commemorative book, highlighting British imperial conquest and fight for Indian independence.
Indian author Saurav Dutt has written a book to mark the 100th anniversary of a horrific event that took place in Amritsar and proved to be a turning point in the Indian fight for independence from the British Raj. The book has been published and will be released next year to commemorate the centenary of this horrendous tragedy.
At least 379 people were massacred and another 1,200 injured after 90 British men, under the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer, opened fire at the crowd gathered at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13,1919.
The incident is regarded as one of the deadliest attacks in the history of the world and proved to be a turning point in India’s freedom struggle, whose repercussions were felt across generations.
Author Saurav Dutt says “This was a momentous occasion, bringing together the abject racism, brutality and ruthlessness of the British Raj in India; that afternoon and in the events that followed in its wake, typified the true face of British colonialism and its absolute spite of the Indian and their hope for self government and independence.”
The book delves deeply into the mindset of the Indian populace at the time, the British Raj establishment as well as the key players, not least the complex General Dyer who gave the order to fire and who felt as if he ‘would be laughed at’ if he did not demonstrate the forcefulness that earned him the moniker ‘The butcher of Amritsar’.
“It was a charged and highly emotive time,” Dutt continues “and I hope the book will encapsulate the desperation and fortitude of the Indian independence movement as well as the contempt, racism and hatred of the British establishment once they realised that Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs dared to question their authority and sought to create an India for Indians, without British governance and domination.”
The book will be released in Spring 2019 to mark the centenary.
[Saurav Dutt tweets @sd_saurav and can be reached at [email protected]]