In April 1919, at a political gathering in the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Brigadier General Reginald Dyer marched his soldiers into a walled garden, filled with thousands of unarmed men, women and children. Then, blocking the only exit and without issuing any order to disperse, he instructed his men to turn their guns on the thickest parts of the crowd. For ten minutes, they continued firing, stopping only when 1650 bullets had been fired. Not a single shot was fired in retaliation. According to legend, a young, low-caste survivor, Udham Singh, vowed to kill the men responsible and in March 1940, in London, he finally seized his opportunity. Anita Anand will discuss Amritsar, one of the Raj’s most horrific events and the Irish connection to the massacre.
Anita Anand is a television and radio presenter and journalist. She is author of Sophia: Princess, suffragette, revolutionary
Dr Kate O’Malley is Managing Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB). She has written extensively on Indo-Irish relations and her book Ireland, India and Empire was published by Manchester University Press in 2008
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