A Labour party MP, Virendra Sharma, has seemingly written to British Prime Minister Theresa May. He is influencing her to consider the addition of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in UK school history curriculum.
Virendra Sharma is a veteran Indian-origin British MP for Ealing Southall.
Sharma has been demonstrating for the historic episode to be honored in the UK. He raised the issue during Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Also, he got an assurance from Theresa May in writing regarding the matter.
He said “I was pleased to ask the Prime Minister about her plans to commemorate the Amritsar massacre. He is also delighted that she will look more closely at the matter.
Everyone in the UK is aware of this country’s colonial heritage
“I have written to the Prime Minister about my campaign for a permanent memorial. Also for the Amritsar massacre to be included in the school curriculum.
He added I look forward to meeting her to discuss positive steps we can take.”
“I believe it is important that everyone in the UK is aware of this country’s colonial heritage. So, school children should be taught about the more shocking aspects of our history,”
The 70-year-old parliamentarian has previously campaigned for an apology from the British government.
The apology over the atrocity on April 13, 1919. The brutal incident happened when General Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on thousands of unarmed protesters. The protestors who gathered at Jallianwala Bagh.
The massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history
On this matter, the Prime Minister David Cameron had said it would be wrong to “reach back into history” and apologize for the wrongs of British colonialism. He said this during his Indian Trade Mission in February 2013.
The UK Foreign Office has stood by that view in its stand on the matter.
“As the former Prime Minister said when he visited the Jallianwala Bagh in 2013. According to him, a massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history. It is the one that we should never forget.
It is right that we pay respect to those who lost their lives and remember what happened. The British Government rightly convicted the events at the time,” the UK FO says.
Sharma is hopeful that his campaign for a permanent memorial. Also for the subject to be included in the school curriculum will bear fruit in time for next months. The 99th anniversary of the massacre will be on next month April 13.
- Virendra Sharma is influencing British PM to consider the addition of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in UK school history curriculum.
- The PM assured him that she will look into the matter.
- The former British PM said it is the most shameful and brutal act in the British History.