A healing touch to the wounds of history:


Happen as it did for the first time that any British VVIP showed concern on the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh that occurred in 1919, the statement made by the Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, gains much of a significance. While visiting the massacre site at Amritsar to lay a wreath on the memorial, he made an elaborate entry in the visitors book saying, inter-alia, that it was “…a deeply shameful event in British history…”. Directly, of course, he didn’t use the word ‘regret’ any where in his entry but, his overall statement read in its totality, what he said does amount to it amply. Having made a soothing statement on the ghastly massacre, Cameron thus became the first serving Prime Minister of England to brand as ‘shameful’ the cruel killings caused at the behest of the then British Empire. Earlier also the then Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchil, too had described the incident as ‘monstrous’ but that was like a common onlooker giving his opinion without condemning the act of the British. Cameron deserves a praise for officially making a positive statement by calling the ghastly episode as ‘shameful’.

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Author: neelkanth

Certainly not a celebrity but do have inquisitiveness to know things, realise them and live them to the extent possible. My interest in History, Art of Living and behavioural science is an element that inspires me.Am a poet,an author,a consultant, an advisor on computers and behavioural science.Served as Director in Central Board of State Bank of India.Remained associated with trade union activities and industrial relations as President,All India State Bank of India Staff Federation.Led a delegation on computers to several countries abroad number of times as from State Bank of India/ Banking Industry. Was twice accorded with NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE by All India Freelance Journalists Association, Chennai (India). My email address is: neelkanthshahi@gmail.com

14 thoughts on “A healing touch to the wounds of history:”

  1. YES SIR, I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU THAT BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON DESERVES ALL PRAISE AND APPRECIATION FOR HIS STRONGLY WORDED STATEMENT ON THE MASSACRE OF JALLIANWALA BAGH, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN 1919. MANY MAY STILL FEEL AND ARGUE THAT PM’S ADMISSION THAT 1919 INCIDENT WAS A “DEEPLY SHAMEFUL” ACT WAS NOT ENOUGH AND THAT HE SHOULD HAVE APOLOGIZED.

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    1. Yes, you are fully correct in your views. But for his negative reply on ‘Kohinoor’, his statement on Jalianwalla Bagh deserves a welcome. My sincere thanks for a nice comment.

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  2. Sometimes a word or statement of concern and sympathy, a sense of guilt or empathy can bridge the gaps of many things in life.Be it countries or politics.Politics is nevertheless a differnt game where every statement made always has a motive behind it ,even if the person expresses his own personal feelings,it has indeed become very difficult to know when a person is a representative of a party,country or when he is just being a human! Anyways such statement by him shows his foresightedness and concern. wonder when our politicians get a hint and learn to be polite at least within our country.

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  3. An interesting observation that he didn’t mention ‘regret’. I don’t think I would have noticed that, but as you point it out, yes, it does have some significance.

    I Australia we had ONE prime minister say sorry to the Stolen Generations (when we took Aboriginal children from their homes to give them a ‘privileged’ life with opportunity among white average folk). It was enormous when he did that. Just enormous (to me). It was meaningful.

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