Labour MP Virendra Sharma has used the 99th anniversary of the Amritsar Massacre to call for a formal memorial to be established in London.
On April 13, 1919, British troops shot dead hundreds of unarmed people in the Indian city of Amritsar. During a visit in 2013, then prime minister David Cameron described it as “a deeply shameful event in British history”.
Mr Sharma is leading calls from local community leaders and members of the public for a permanent memorial, and also for the massacre to be included in the school curriculum.
Speaking at a memorial gathering on Friday, he said: “It is wrong that this hugely significant event goes practically unremembered in Britain. While the cruel murder of a thousand Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus was the beginning of the end of British rule in India, few here even know it happened. To this day millions across India and Pakistan remember this a day of infamy.
“I want the next generation of school children to learn about the Amritsar Massacre and to lean all the aspects of colonialism. London as the centre of the British Empire is the right place for a formal and lasting monument to what happened.”
The Ealing Southall MP believes calls for a memorial will continue to grow louder and that pressure is mounting on the government to address the issue.
Main image: Virendra Sharma MP (front centre) attending Amritsar Massacre memorial gathering.