- The renovation of Jallianwala Bagh was to be completed last year but the work was halted due to Covid. Earlier the garden used to open from 9 am to 5 pm but now it will open till late evening.
Jallianwala Bagh, which was closed for the last one and a half years due to Corona and beautification, was opened for the general public on Saturday. The Punjab government has spent Rs 20 crore on Jallianwala Bagh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi did its virtual inauguration. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also joined the program. He gave information about the history of Jallianwala Bagh and described today as a day of happiness. At the same time, he urged the PM that talks should be held with the British government to bring back the personal items pistol and personal diary of the great martyr Udham Singh. He said that the sacrifices of the elders should be remembered.
After this, Modi said in his address that my salute to the brave land of Punjab, to the holy soil of Jallianwala Bagh. Salute also to those children of Mother Bharati, who crossed all limits of inhumanity to extinguish the flame of freedom burning within. Those 10 minutes of April 13, 1919, became the story of our freedom struggle, due to which we are able to celebrate the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom today. In such a situation, getting the modern form of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in the 75th year of independence is an opportunity of great inspiration for all of us.
Modi said that Jallianwala Bagh is the place that gave courage to countless revolutionaries, sacrificers, fighters like Sardar Udham Singh, Sardar Bhagat Singh to die for the freedom of India. It is not right for any country to ignore such horrors of its past. That is why India has decided to celebrate 14th August every year as ‘Vibhajan Vibhishika Memorial Day’.
The people of Punjab were also victims of partition.
We have also seen another horror like Jallianwala Bagh at the time of partition of India. The hard-working and lively people of Punjab have been the biggest victims of Partition. We still feel the pain of what happened at the time of Partition in every corner of India and especially in the families of Punjab. Today, anywhere in the world, if any Indian is in trouble, then India stands up to help him with all his might. Be it the Corona period or the crisis of Afghanistan, the world has experienced it continuously. Hundreds of comrades from Afghanistan are being brought to India under Operation Devi Shakti.
Our tribal society has a great contribution to the great sacrifice of freedom. It also did not get as much place in the history books as it should have. Work is currently underway on museums showing tribal freedom fighters and their struggle in 9 states of the country. It was also the aspiration of the country that there should be a national memorial for our soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice. I am satisfied that the National War Memorial is instilling in today’s youth the spirit of protecting the nation and sacrificing everything for the country.
At the same time, earlier in the evening, the police lathi-charged the members of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha and representatives of other farmer groups who reached Jallianwala Bagh to protest the program. The police arrested more than thirty people and took them to Chheharta police station. Where the protesters under the leadership of Naujawan Sabha President Rupinder Singh Chounda started shouting slogans against the police inside the police station.
Renovation of Jallianwala Bagh was to be completed last year but due to Covid, the work was stopped. Earlier, the garden used to open from 9 am to 5 pm, but now it will open till late evening. The open well inside Jallianwala Bagh has been renovated. This is the same well in which people jumped to death to escape the bullets of the British army.
Tourists will see the digital documentary
A theater has been constructed at Jallianwala Bagh. The digital documentary will be shown in this theater with a capacity of 80 people simultaneously. For this, a digital documentary has been prepared on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. In this, from the entry of the British army from the gate to the firing of innocent people sitting in Jallianwala Bagh, the incident is imprisoned. Earlier, the light and sound show in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan was shown to the tourists.