Virendra Sharma, senior-most Indian-origin Labour MP for Ealing Southall has urged the British parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to come together to support his parliamentary motion approaching for an official apology from the Government for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
According to the reports the MP has called the British government to make a formal apology, in the House of Commons, in the 100th anniversary in 2019 and established it a memorial day to spot the occasion. The massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer fired guns at an unarmed crowd holding a pro-independence demonstration. It killed thousands of lives and injured thousand others including women and children.
Mr. Sharma planned to launch a number of other initiatives to raise attentiveness on this matter and urged for an apology and greater education through community events, as well as in the House of Commons, though he also cleared of not anticipating any immediate debate on this at the House of Commons. For supporting his cause he accepts other members to come together and raise the issue.
Importantly, in the UK the debate over the impact of the British Empire has gained increasing prominence in recent years, especially with the focus on the BREXIT and Britain’s desire to expand beyond the European Union (EU). Interestingly, a recent 2016 poll has indicated that around 21% of people in the UK have regretted its colonial history.