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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:13 AM

British PM regrets "deeply shameful" colonial Indian massacre

Source: Reuters/Yahoo

AMRITSAR, India (Reuters) - David Cameron on Wednesday became the first serving British prime minister to voice regret about one of the bloodiest episodes in colonial India, a massacre of unarmed civilians in the city of Amritsar in 1919.

The killings, known in India as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, were described by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement, as having shaken the foundations of the British Empire. A group of soldiers opened fire on an unarmed crowd without warning in the northern Indian city after a period of unrest, killing hundreds in cold blood.

Cameron's visit and expression of regret for what happened stopped short of an apology - but made it clear he considers the episode a stain on Britain's past.

Dressed in a dark suit, Cameron laid a wreath at a memorial to the massacre, a terracotta-colored stone obelisk. He then stood in front of the monument in silence for a few moments.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/british-pm-regrets-deeply-shameful-colonial-indian-massacre-075752903.html



About time .... now on to returning the money and treasures looted from India.

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cosmicone Feb 2013 OP
Manifestor_of_Light Feb 2013 #1
Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #2
onwardsand upwards Feb 2013 #3
Sunlei Feb 2013 #4
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #5

Response to cosmicone (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:16 AM

1. The Queen is not giving back the Koh-i-Noor diamond.

Nor the Elgin Marbles, looted from Egypt.

The Koh-i-Noor is in the Queen Mum's crown.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:17 AM

2. While this tread is about a massacre of human beings in India I will note that the Elgin Marbles

were taken from Greece, not from Egypt.

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Response to cosmicone (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:29 AM

3. While we're on apologies, why not the first world war?

A squabble among the ruling family of Europe led to millions of little people mangled and murdered in the war machine.

Terribly sorry!

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Response to cosmicone (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:56 AM

4. To many countries have these massacre stains as their history and don't take this first step.

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Response to cosmicone (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:32 PM

5. "oblah dee oblah da"

 

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