So British Prime Minister David Cameron is, per 10 Downing Street's website, "leading British trade delegation to India." One of his stops on this trip to India was Jallianwalla Bagh.
<History lesson alert: Jallianwalla Bagh is the site of the bloody massacre (in 1919) of unarmed civilians who had gathered at this public park for a peaceful protest meeting - it is located in the city of Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab. They were gunned down on orders of Brig. Gen. Reginald Dyer of British Indian Army. This event is considered one of the watershed moments in India's freedom struggle. This particular incident galvanized the movement for Indian's independence, especially the restive youth, like no other.>
I don't quite understand the rationale behind this token visit by him to one of the sites that epitomizes British atrocities while India was still a colony. Okay, so you want to pay your respects and lay the wreath at the memorial. But, why now? Why during this visit of the trade delegation? Moreover, what is the deal with the non-apology apology Mr. Prime Minister?
It seems quite apparent that Prime Minister Cameron is, to quote an Indian newspaper, " ... wooing around 1.5 million British voters of Indian origin ahead of the 2015 election in his country." Does he think people of Indian origin who are residing in the UK are that stupid? The people of Indian origin that he is trying to woo are no more Indian than Chicken Tikka Masala is. They may be of Indian origin, but they have chosen to make the UK their home. The domestic policies that the government of the day in the UK chooses to implement affect them, don't they? So why this charade Mr. Cameron?
Mr. Cameron noted the following (text reproduced as is from the picture released on 10 Downing Street's website) in the visitor's book at Jallianwalla Bagh: "This was a deeply shameful act in British history-one that Winston Churchill rightly described at that time as monstrous. We must never [emphasis his] forget what happened here. And in remembering we must ensure that the United Kingdom stands up for the right of peaceful protest around the world." Mr. Cameron's remark is only slightly less pitiful than his handwriting.
We are glad you visited. As glad as we can be. But, please don't desecrate the place and our sentiments that go with it, with your small minded attempt at procuring a few more votes from the people of Indian origin during next election back in the UK.
Mr. Cameron, Go Back.