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UK museum launches Jallianwala Bagh exhibition

Press Trust of India  |  London 

A museum in the UK has launched an exhibition on in collaboration with the in to mark the centenary of the British colonial era massacre.

1919: Under Siege' opened at in time for Saturday's that affected thousands.

The exhibition is conceived as a lived experience creation, based on work with descendants and communities to collect stories related to the massacre on April 13, 1919.

Revisiting the event, its causes and aftermath, the nuanced exhibition explores what we remember, how we remember it, and what we have forgotten, in and the UK, said in a statement.

Protestors had gathered to challenge British rule before they were set upon by and his troops. Confined within an enclosed barren ground called Jallianwala Bagh in the Indian city of Amritsar, hundreds of were killed and thousands injured. This was a defining moment in the fight for Indian independence and led to the eventual demise of the in South Asia, it adds.

The exhibition, supported by the (JBCCC), comprising prominent and non-resident (NRIs), is aimed at raising awareness around the peaceful protest to mark Baisakhi, the divergent British and Indian inquiry findings, and the ongoing social, political, and cultural response.

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

Both of State for War Sir Winston Churchill and former H H Asquith openly condemned the attack at the time, referring to it as monstrous and one of the worst outrages in the whole of our history, added Vikramjit S Sahney, Patron of JBCC.

There have been widespread calls for a formal apology to mark this week, with the earlier indicating that it was "reflecting" on the demand.

British made a statement in the earlier this week to say the UK deeply regrets the tragedy, which she described as a shameful scar on British Indian history.

The statement faced criticism for not going far enough, with the Opposition demanding a full, clear and unequivocal apology.

The wounds of the still haunt millions and should be laid to rest at this the centenary of the horrendous act, Veteran Indian-origin Virendra Sharma, of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group, said in the Commons.

I appreciate the Prime Minister's comments, and thank her for her earnest words, but they are only the beginning of an apology not the full and frank formal apology that the communities affected need. I would also like to offer my fullest thanks to for his words of support, and his commitment to a full apology when he becomes Prime Minister, he said.

The has found prominence in the UK parliamentary agenda in recent months as both the and Commons held debates to mark the centenary.

In their capacity as JBCCC members, Indian-origin peers Lord and Lord had written to the British PM calling for an apology and will be marking the 100th anniversary with a special event in the on Saturday night.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 18:05 IST