Thiruvananthapuram: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday termed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919 a "shameful scar" but stopped short of a formal apology, before reiterating “regret”, inviting flak from Dr. Shashi Tharoor who had all along been voicing for one.
Taking to twitter, Dr. Tharoor demanded a “full clear and unequivocal apology” from British PM on Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
In a tweet, the Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency said, “British PM must now express a “full, clear and unequivocal apology” as sought by her opposition leader, Jeremy corbyn. More important, Britain must express atonement not just for one atrocity, but for the colonial evils of which # Jallianwala Bagh was the symbol, not the cause”.
He further added “Theresa May’s expression of regret for the British massacre of Indians at # Jallianwala Bagh is a welcome first step. As someone who has long sought an apology from London for its colonial atrocities, I am glad her statement at least address the issue. But it is not enough”.
Talking to Madhyamam during campaign trail, Tharoor said he demanded Britain to confess and apologise for the atrocity. “They have at least come to be regretful; so far they have been hiding this issue. Now they have uttered a word” he said.
Dr. Tharoor is the bestselling author of “An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India” which describes how British rule ghettoized India leaving in poverty and backwardness.
Earlier, Dr. Tharoor had appealed Indian Parliament to demand en bloc an apology from Britain for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.