What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about Jallianwala Bagh? Without much time one can answer that brutal killing and ruthlessness of the British government, which was laid over to the innocent Indians.
I decided to spend the second day of my stay in Amritsar, Punjab by visiting the Jallianwala Bagh. I was aware of the mishap that happened here long time back during the British rule. I had studied about the massacre in my history book, which mentioned the brutalities of the rulers. The history of the place is very brutal and a sort of incident the Indian history can never forget. The symbol of brutalities by the British government can still be seen on the walls of the Jallianwala Bagh where the signs of the gun shots are found. The structures and bullet marks on the marks took me back to the old centuries when the incident might have happened actually.
The park is now open for the visitors and people can get inside the park by paying a nominal fee. The massacre took place on April 19, 1919 when people were called for a peaceful meeting in the park. They were then blocked from all four sides and brutal firing of bullets continued for long minutes. The innocent people could not escape the high walls of the park and finally they were massacred to death. The crowd consisted of women and children who were out for a peaceful meeting. It is said that the firing was made on the Indians with the order of General Edward Dyer. He even asked his men to close the exit doors so that the people may not escape.
At the entrance of the park, I saw a tablet that scripted the details about the massacre. I was able to recall the incidents that I had once read in my history book during my school days. An eternal flame is lighted in the park to commemorate those freedom fighters who struggled hard and were succumbed to death by the rigid British government. One visit to the park will definitely make you a lot more idealistic and practical in dealing with different hardships in life. I felt the same!