The Amritsar Massacre : The Untold Story of One Fateful Day
by Nick Lloyd
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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On April 13,1919, a fateful event took place that was to define the last decades of the British Empire in India.At 5:10 p. m. that day, Brigadier General “Rex” Dyer led a small group of soldiers to the Amritsar centre in an enclosed garden, known as the Jallianwala Bagh.He was informed that an illegal political meeting was taking place and that he had come to disperseUpon entering the garden, the dyer’s men immediately aligned in formationDyer then gave the order to open fire on the huge crowd that had gathered there.379 people were killed and at least 1,000 more were wounded in what became known as the Amritsar Massacre.Nick Lloyd here provides a very easy to read but detailed account of the most infamous British atrocity in all of Raj’s history.It considers the massacre in its historical context, but also describes its impact by uniting the people of the subcontinent against their colonial masters.The book dispels the myths and misconceptions surrounding the massacre and offers a new explanation of the decisions made in 1919.Ultimately, it seeks to determine whether the massacre was a regrettable and tragic mistake or a cold-blooded murder case and whether it would fatally weaken the British position in India.
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