Punjab Governor declines to attend reception for Queen's Birthday hosted by British Dy High Commissioner in Chandigarh, citing Jallianwala Bagh massacre's 100th anniversary.@IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/VI3M1UfI78
— Man Aman Singh Chhina (@manaman_chhina) April 10, 2019
It takes a whole lot of chutzpah to be celebrating the birthday of HM the Queen on the Eve of the 100th anniversary of Jalliawala Bagh in the Punjab itself.
It is all very well and good for South Asians to constantly work themselves up over their absurd communitarian but sometimes they need to stand up for themselves on the world stage.
No one in Britain (especially among the White Population) knows about Jallianwala Bagh (maybe they know about it from the film Gandhi) and it speaks to the very poor job that Desis have done in maintaining any sort of self-respect whatsoever.
A very serious discussion must now be had not only for an apology (not only for JB but for the Rape of India by Britain) but reparations (what was the exact cost of colonialism, who gained what and when) and return of Indian artefacts (especially the Koh-I-Noor).
It is not to take away agency from coloured people; we determine our present (to some extent as the global financial system is built on a Western model). However without an understanding, acceptance and reconciliation of our past; shame will always haunt us.
The fact that Brown People, who are between 1/5th to 1/4th of the world’s population, cannot even get an apology for JB and furthermore have our Colonisers throw bashes in the same province (imagine Germany throwing a bash on the 50th/100th anniversary of Kristallnacht) just rubs salt on the wounds.
The Internet Hindu feels deep shame about the millennia humiliation while South Asian Muslims have retreated to a general conspiratorial mode (the West is behind the general humiliation and degradation of the Islamic world).
Prosperity is important but the wounds of our division will only heal when we realised who sowed them in the first place.
Lord Mountbatten undid the British Indian project (which took 200 years to build) in less than a year. At least 300k-1 million lives were lost in the biggest population exchange of all history. The fact that the third child of Prince William is name Louis in Lord Mountbatten’s honour speaks volumes about the casual disregard of brown lives.
Black People have started speaking up and their solidarity is astonishing. There is doubt that the curse of caste among the Hindus and of creed among the Muslims is what has hurt Brown Power the most but if there is ever going to be a reconstruction of Indian Civilisation (begins its borders); it must start with its most recent humiliations that we can all agree on.