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Jallianwala Bagh massacre 100th anniversary HIGHLIGHTS: Cost of our freedom must never be forgotten, says Rahul Gandhi

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre 13 April, Jallianwala Bagh 100th Anniversary HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to pay their respects with the former saying that the "valour and sacrifice (of the martyrs) will never be forgotten".

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Jallianwala Bagh massacre 100th anniversary: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi paid tributes at the memorial.

Jallianwala Bagh massacre 100th anniversary: Political leaders across the country paid homage to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on its 100th anniversary on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to pay their respects with the former saying that the “valour and sacrifice (of the martyrs) will never be forgotten”. “Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of,” PM Modi tweeted.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also arrived at the memorial in the national capital and paid floral tributes to the martyrs along with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. In his message on the visitors’ book, British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith called the massacre ‘a shameful act in British-Indian history’. “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” he said.

A massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Baisakhi in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer opened fire on a crowd of people holding a pro-independence meeting, leaving hundreds of people dead and scores injured.

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Jallianwala Bagh 100th anniversary: Political leaders across the country pay homage to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre today. Follow HIGHLIGHTS here

Lamps being lit to commemorate those who lost their lives

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Comments of British High Commissioner at Jallianwala Bagh

Comments written by the British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith during his visit at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on the centenary year of the massacre. (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Exhibition at IGNCA over Jallianwalal Bagh centenary

Explained: Where Jallianwala Bagh stands in India’s freedom struggle

The massacre at Jallianwala Bagh was a moment in history, a turning point in India’s struggle for Independence. It was a crime that stunned the nation by the scale of its brutality; it showed the true face of the Raj to those who still had faith in the ‘mai-baap’ government. Gandhi called off the satyagraha against the Rowlatt Acts, but a year later, came back with the biggest mass movement yet seen against the government. The die was cast, and the National Movement moved into a different trajectory thereon, acquiring with time an unstoppable momentum. READ MORE HERE

VP Venkaiah Naidu at the Jallianwalal Bagh memorial

(Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Mayawati pays tribute to victims of Jallianwala massacre

On the centenary of the Jallianwala tragedy, our homage to martyrs & sympathy to the family members who sacrificed their lives for the country. It would have been most gratifying had the Indian govt. succeeded in extracting an apology from the British for this gruesome massacre. 

In pics: Jallianwala Bagh memorial on 100th anniversary of massacre

In between the VVIP functions, the memorial was opened for public atJallianwala Bagh (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

In between the VVIP functions, the memorial was opened for public atJallianwala Bagh (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

In between the VVIP functions, the memorial was opened for public atJallianwala Bagh (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

In between the VVIP functions, the memorial was opened for public atJallianwala Bagh (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Guard of honour at Jallianwala Bagh (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Must be an unequivocal apology for massacre: UK's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn

UK's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has sought for an unequivocal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. 

Butcher of Amritsar or saviour of Punjab: Debate on General Dyer continues

Every time the British government tries to dodge the issue of a formal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, life of one man, whose actions have caused so much grief across continents, comes back into sharp focus. Between the titles “Butcher of Amritsar” and “Saviour of Punjab”, Colonel Reginald Harry Edward Dyer remains to date, the most divisive figure of the massacre of April 13, 1919.

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Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Lost in pages of history, protest tremors that shook Punjab now in Pak

After 25 civilians were killed in Amritsar by the British police on April 10, 1919 in the days leading up to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the protests spread to different parts of Punjab — many of them now in Pakistan. In Lahore, protesters marched from Lahore Gate to Anarkali Bazaar raising slogans on the same evening, forcing the police to open fire and arrest nine people for “rioting”. Several protests followed in Lahore on April 12, 1919 — one in which crowd tore pictures of the British monarch, and another where Hindu leaders addressed a gathering at Lahore’s Babri mosque.

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Meanwhile,  a visit to the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar ahead of the 100th anniversary of the massacre proved there is little oversight when it comes to vandalism of heritage sites. The Jallianwala Bagh that holds so much historical significance, is itself in need of preservation. But for the fences around the bullet-riddled red stone and the ‘Martyrs well’, the main attraction so to speak — the sanctity of the place — seems to be under threat. Read more here

Photos: Leaders across the country pay homage to victims of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

PM Modi, President Kovind, Rahul Gandhi pay respects to victims. See more pictures here bit.ly/2VIW5JB

Hundred years after Jallianwala, a survivor’s tale with some help from Rowlatt’s great grandson

Journalist Justin Rowlatt whose great grandfather Sir Sidney Rowlatt authored the infamous Act that hundreds were protesting against in Jallianwala Bagh that day, has called the Rowlatt act a “draconian piece of legislation”. Rowlatt writes that the Rowlatt Act and its repercussions were very much in his mind when he started his work in the Delhi bureau of the BBC.

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Cost of our freedom must never be forgotten: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid homage to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on its 100th anniversary today. "Today is the centenary of the brutal Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, a day of infamy that stunned the entire world and changed the course of the Indian freedom struggle. The cost of our freedom must never be forgotten."

Nation indebted to martyrs of Jallianwala: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "India today observes the centenary of ghastly Jallianwala Bagh massacre at Amritsar. My heartfelt tributes and homage to everyone who sacrificed their lives at Jallianwala Bagh. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The nation will remain indebted to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs."

BJP leader writes to President: ‘Honour British journalist who brought out truth about massacre’

BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding a posthumous award for British journalist Benjamin Guy Horniman, who he said “narrated the truth of Jallianwala Bagh massacre by defying brutal British Censorship in 1919”.

“Benjamin Guy Horniman (1873-1948) as an editor of the paper ‘The Bombay Chronicle’ narrated the truth of Jallianwala Bagh massacre by defying brutal British censorship in 1919. He had to undergo a sentence of two years’ rigorous imprisonment. The paper ‘The Bombay Chronicle’ had to suspend its publication and Horniman was deported to Britain,” said Kalia.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of."

British High Commissioner to India lays wreath at Jalianwala Bagh memorial

British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith lays wreath at #JalianwalaBagh memorial on commemoration of 100 years of the massacre.

British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith at Jallianwala Bagh in the centenary year of the massacre (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith at Jallianwala Bagh in the centenary year of the massacre (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith at Jallianwala Bagh in the centenary year of the massacre (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lays wreath at memorial

Congress President Rahul Gandhi lays wreath at Jallianwala Bagh memorial on commemoration of 100 years of the massacre. Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also present.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lays wreath at memorial (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lays wreath at memorial (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

On the eve of the centenary of the massacre on Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Governor V P S Badnore led hundreds of people from all walks of life on a candle march to pay homage to the martyrs. Here, Singh termed the expression of regret by British Prime Minister Theresa May on the massacre as "inadequate" and said that nothing short of a formal apology from Britain will do. The march started from the historic Townhall and culminated at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial as slogans like `Inquilab Zindabad' rent the air.