Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most famous monuments in India. The monument is located in Amritsar. It is one of the most cataclysmic yet momentous landmarks in the history of India. The Massacre of 1919 took place here- thousands gathered here to mark the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi. Most were shot dead by the British troops.
This monument became a high point in the struggle for India’s independence. Due to the intensity, April 13th is an important day to honor the lives lost during the massacre. The monument celebrated its 102nd anniversary this year.
The Ministry of Culture undertook the renovation of this monument in 2019, as it was its 100th anniversary. Minute renovations took place: repositioning the entry and exit points, building of toilets, water fountains, and ticket counters, construction of a glass shield around the well, and a salvation ground where visitors could come to pay respect to the martyrs. There is a 28 minute light show performed every evening to reenact the events that took place on the 13th of April 1919.
On Saturday, 28th August, the Prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced the completion of the renovation of the Jallianwala Bagh.
The Prime minister himself inaugurated the monument virtually. “Events of the past teach us and give us direction to move forward. Global developments remind us of the importance of self-reliance and self-confidence. At a time when we are celebrating Amrut Mahotsav, we should strengthen our nation’s foundation and take pride in it,” said Modi as he addressed the nation.
Modi asserted that the renovation of the monument in the country’s 75th year of independence is a matter of inspiration for all. “Horrors like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the partition speak of the sacrifices made for India’s freedom and should not be forgotten as they inspire to keep the country above all. It is not right for any country to ignore such horrors of its past,” he expressed.
A wreath-laying ceremony and, there was two-minute silence in the memory of the martyrs of the massacre. The Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, several union ministers, Jallianwala Bagh trustees, and several MP’s and MLAs attended the inauguration. The families of the martyrs were also present.
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre shows us the gruesome chain of events India went through as a country to acquire its freedom from British colonial rule. It reminds us of how many innocent lives we lost to gain independence.