Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday termed the Government’s revamp of Jallianwala Bagh memorial an insult to the martyrs, saying only one who does not know the meaning of martyrdom can do such an insult.
Tagging a report of outrage on the revamp of Jallianwalla Bagh, Rahiul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi that only those who do not know the meaning of martyrdom can inflict such an insult on the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh. I am the son of a martyr – I will not tolerate the insult of martyrs at any cost. We are against this indecent cruelty, Gandhi added.
Meanwhile, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also slammed the government’s decision of making changes in the memorial. Yechury tweeted: Insulting our martyrs. Jallianwala Bagh massacre of Hindus Muslims Sikhs who gathered together for Baisakhi galvanised our freedom struggle. Every brick here permeated the horror of British rule. Only those who stayed away from the epic freedom struggle can scandalise thus.
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said the revamp was doing great damage to our collective history. The pain was real, the loss was immense, the tragedy was unforgettable. Sometimes the places evoke pain and serve as a reminder to what we lost and what we fought for. Trying to beautify or modify those memories is doing great damage to our collective history, she tweeted.
Opposition’s attack came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated to the nation the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh memorial.
Jallianwala Bagh, which had been closed for about one and a half years due to the Corona crisis, has been opened for tourists with a renovated look. On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened it to the public in a virtual program in which he said no country should forget its history. The martyr memorial has been given a new look by spending Rs 20 crore. Many changes have been made from the entrance to the monument. Four new galleries have been built. A theater has also been constructed.
In Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919, on the instructions of General Dyer, the British army killed more than a thousand people by firing 1650 rounds in ten minutes.
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