has been the slaughter,
Loud have been the cries of innocent sufferers.
Did not these awaken pity in thee, o Lord
If a strong power attacks another strong
No one would grieve,none would complain.
But when fierce tiger preys on helpless
Thou herdsman must answer for it."
April 13,the day
of Baisakhi festival, the day of celebrations
marking the beginning of harvest, the birthday
of Khalsa in 1699 founded by Guru Gobind
Singh, was destined to be another historic
day in 1919. The memorial at this site commemorates
the 2000 Indians who were killed or wounded,
shot indiscriminately by the British under
the command of Gen Michael O"Dyer on April13,
1919 while participating in a peaceful public
This was one of the major incidents
of India's freedom struggle.
The story of this
appaling massacre is told in the Martyr's
Gallery at the site. A section of wall with
bullet marks still visible is preserved
along with the memorial well, in which some
people jumped to escape. "The impossible
men of India shall rise and liberate their
mother land", declared Mahatma Gandhi, after
the Jallian Wala massacre. "This disproportionate
severity of punishment inflicted upon the
unfortunate people and method of carrying
it out is without parallel in the history
of civilized govt." wrote Rabindra Nath
Tagore the noble laureate while returning