On Monday 15th April, The Grand Trunk Project and Faiths Forum for London in partnership with City Sikhs, City Hindus Network and the Association of Muslim Lawyers held an event in Parliament to commemorate 100 years on since the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre; also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Acting Brig-Gen Reginald Dyer fired rifles into a crowd of Indians, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab.
The tragedy was considered by some to be the lowest point of the British Empire, and by others to be an event highly symbolic of the attitudes held by the British towards others during colonial times.
Key speakers and performances included Hardip Begol, Director of the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, Amandeep Singh Madra, author of Eyewitness at Amritsar: A Visual History of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, Jasdeep Degun Singh, a spoken word performance from Amani Saeed and artwork from the Singh Twins and Raj Singh Tattal. The evening concluded with prayers from the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Christian perspectives. The event also included postcards for the attendees to write the reflections and thoughts and were stored in the trunk, from the last campaign which commemorated the partition of the Indian Subcontinent.
One guest wrote: “Lesson taken away is that we need to reflect and honour our past and embrace our future…”