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In a Sorry State

Politics will determine whether nations end up apologising for historical wrongs, but the philosophical questions underlying the issue have no easy answers.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appealed to the British government in December 2017 to apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. More than a thousand people died after Colonel Reginald Dyer ordered troops to open fire on unarmed Baishakhi pilgrims trapped in this walled space in Amritsar on 13 April 1919.

The British foreign office turned down Khan’s appeal, reiterating the stance taken by the country’s former Prime Minister, David Cameron, who, while describing the incident as “deeply shameful” when he visited the site of the massacre in 2013, did not apologise.

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Updated On : 25th Apr, 2018

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