Book of the Week | Amritsar 1919 by Kim A. Wagner
I hope you took a trip down memory lane while Alice took a trip down the rabbit hole. Now, it’s time for the next theme and book. This week is dedicated to a calamity that struck India during colonial times and there was a man responsible for everyone’s suffering. I’m talking about the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre where hundreds were killed and several more were injured and orphaned and all of this because of one man’s ego and vendetta. We want to remember and honor Indians who died on that day as martyrs who died for our nation. Also, tomorrow it’d be 102 years since that terrorizing event took place. This week’s theme is Martyrdom and the Book of the Week is Amritsar 1919 by Kim A. Wagner.
Synopsis: The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, yet it remains poorly understood. In this dramatic account, Kim A. Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear. Situating the massacre within the "deep" context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism, Wagner provides a genuinely nuanced approach to the bloody history of the British Empire.
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