Marking the completion of 100 years since the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's grandnephew and the BJP Vice President for West Bengal, Chandra Kumar Bose spoke to Republic TV and shared his thoughts about the absence of a formal apology from the British government over the massacre.
"I would like to pay homage to the martyrs of Jallianala Bagh. They stood up for the nation. The British had fired on an unarmed group of heroes and massacred them. The entire world today holds Britain responsible for this massacre. they should apologize to India because the British always stand up for rights. If you really believe in human rights and rights to free the nation and should apologize immediately for the massacre which happened 100 years ago, should never have happened. Today is the day of silence," said Bose.
Speaking on the 'shameful stain on history' statement issued by the British PM Theresa May on Wednesday and the 'regret statement' written by British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith at the Jallianwala Bagh site on Saturday, Bose said:
"Just a mention of regret is not acceptable to the people of the country and the world who believe in the right to protect the nation and to fight for the freedom of the country. Great Britain should revisit the statement they have issued and must apologize to the world for committing this heinous crime of shooting on unarmed people, who stood up for their country."
Sir Dominic Asquith's message read:
"The event of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago reflects a shameful act in British-Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased today that the UK and India have remained committed to developing together a thriving 21st-century partnership."
Upon the arrival of the Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi's at the Jallianwala Bagh, a few party workers had started chanting 'Rahul Gandhi Zindabad'. Condemning this breach of respect to the site of sacrifice, Bose added:
"Certain political parties are giving slogans at the site of the massacre which is highly condemned by us. This is a day of silence to pay homage to the martyrs. This shows political immaturity. They must immediately apologize to the nation and must maintain silence in the site of Jallianwala Bagh."
Bose is also the South Kolkata Lok Sabha Candidate for the BJP which will vote in phase 7 of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19. West Bengal will be voting in all phases of the Lok Sabha polls and the results will be announced on May 23.