Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Remember Britain's Most Notorious Massacre in India, and the Act of Vengeance it Inspired

On the 13 April 1919 in Amritsar, Punjab the Brits using Asian (Gurkha) mercenaries conducted a massacre of up to 1000 peaceful anti-colonial protestors. Thousands of people were gathered on one of the region's most popular festival. General O'Dwyer was a sadistic leader of the British colonialists and ordered the South Asian mercenaries to shoot down men, women and children in their hundreds. It is said that a small child who witnessed the massacre later dedicated his life to avenge this massacre.

This massacre was avenged by Shaheed Udham Singh who shot dead the Brit general responsible at a public meeting in London on 13 March 1940. Shaheed Udham Singh was a individual operator attached to the left nationalist and socialist and communist trends of the national liberation movement especially the party of mutiny or the 'Ghadar' Movement of Punjabi people of all faiths. Shaheed Udham Singh was put on a secret trial where he called himself 'Mohammed Singh Azad' to symbolise Indian peoples unity towards freedom. He was executed by hanging and went to his martyrdom with honour and pride in his heart. He is considered a revolutionary saint by millions across India, Pakistan and across South Asia. The struggle of South Asian peoples against British imperialism continues today.

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