AMRITSAR MASSACRE The British Empire’s Worst Atrocity


Massacre of Amritsar, incident on April 13, 1919, in which British troops fired on a large crowd of unarmed Indians in an open space known as the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in the Punjab region of India, killing several hundred people and wounding many hundreds more. It marked a turning point in India’s modern history, in that it left a permanent scar on Indo-British relations and was the prelude to Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi’s full commitment to the cause of Indian nationalism and independence from Britain.Holburn has created the context of the British Empire in India and why the seeds of the massacre were planted many years previously. She takes us through the events with her clear journalistic skills

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