Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday termed the government’s revamp of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial an “insult to martyrs”, saying only a person who does not know the meaning of martyrdom can inflict such an insult.
The renovation of Jallianwala Bagh, where more than 1,000 people died 102 years ago, has come under fire, with historians accusing the planners of ‘Disneyfying’ the monument. Most of the criticism is for retouching the narrow alley leading to the Bagh. The narrow lane — which was blocked by British soldiers making it impossible for anyone to escape from the Bagh on that horrific day — now has a shiny new floor. Besides this, it has been partially covered to keep the birds from sitting on the sculptures.
Tagging a report on the social media outrage over the revamp of the memorial, Gandhi tweeted, “Only those who do not know the meaning of martyrdom can inflict such an insult on the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh.” “I am the son of a martyr – I will not tolerate the insult of martyrs at any cost,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. “We are against this indecent cruelty.”
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also slammed the Centre saying: “Only those who stayed away from the epic freedom struggle can scandalise thus.” “Insulting…