Remembrance Ceremony for the Centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
EKTA NEW ZEALAND INC.
@ St. peter’s church on willis
The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre was the darkest day in the British history of India. Hundreds of men, women and children peacefully protesting at the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) in Amritsar against the draconian measures introduced by the government of the day were gunned down by the British Indian Army on 13 April 1919.
This year marks the 100th year of this tragic incident.
New Zealand’s Jallianwala Bagh Massacre remembrance ceremony at St Peter's was a poignant time to be present, to reflect on this fateful event. A presentation from Ekta NZ and speeches by several MPs, Wellington's Mayor Justin Lester, the High Commissioners of India and Britain and Rt. Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, acknowledged and reinforced the lessons to be learnt by all that must not be forgotten and the need to work together, along side each other, building stronger communities - saying no to racism, division and hatred and justice for all.
A video clip prepared by Oceanic TV (Chinese) of the event (http://www.otv.ren/news/news.html?id=11858) had over 800,000 views within the first 48 hours of its posting.
Very moving moment was the playing of Kiren Thathiah's song that he composed for Christchurch with the lyrics set to music for the 100 year commemoration of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre because of the similar parallels..
Watch the video here
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