PM Narendra’s renovation project of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial had drawn sharp criticism from historians and politicians for erasing the ethos of the place, which is a testimony to General Dyer’s horror.
Jallianwala Bagh is ingrained in the history of India’s freedom movement bearing the brutality of the Britishers. It was at this place in Amritsar, where around 1000 unarmed civilians were shot died by Reginald Dyer on 13th April 1919.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, virtually inaugurated the refurbished memorial and galleries after it was closed for renovation in 2019. The rustic realities of the tragedy have been replaced with fanciful artworks and gaudy lights.
The 20 crore renovation project of the Jallianwala Bagh was undertaken in 2019, to commemorate the centenary year of the massacre. It was executed under the National Implementation committee.
Kim A. Wagner, who authored Amritsar 1919 – An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre, posted a comparative image on Twitter of the alley taken used by General Dyer, pre and post the renovation. Kim A. Wagner’s tweets have become a rallying point for historians and politicians to deplore the government’s plan.
Historian S Irfan Habib slammed its corporatisation.
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi reproved beautification and modification attempts of the government.
CPIM’s Sitaram Yechuri declared those who were remained absent for the struggle can only scandalise.