Thursday, March 30, 2023

Jallianwala Bagh Was A Reaction To Muslims Celebrating Ram Navami

By Saquib Salim, New Age Islam 30 March 2023 Very Few Appreciate The Fact That The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre On 13 April 1919 Was A Punishment For Hindus, Muslims And Sikhs Of Amritsar For Showing Unity During Ram Navami Celebrations On 9 April. ------- “British Police drove a stick into Gholam Jilani’s anus. Also ,he was in a most pitiable condition. I saw his urine and excreta coming out. All of us, who were outside, were told by the police that those, who did not give evidence, would be treated like that.” This was the statement recorded by Haji Shamsuddin of Amritsar in 1919 after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Can one believe that Gholam Jilani, an Imam at a local mosque, was tortured for the crime of organising a Hindu Festival, Ram Navami? Very few appreciate the fact that the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on 13 April 1919 was a punishment for Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs of Amritsar for showing unity during Ram Navami Celebrations on 9 April. The British Government didn’t hide their fears in a report tabled in the Parliament after the massacre. The report noted, and I quote “on the 9th April the annual Ram Naumi procession was… made the scene of public fraternisation between Hindus and Muhammadan. The Commission speaks of the temper of the populace as still being in a dangerous condition; and suggests that the cause of Hindu-Muhammadan unity, otherwise laudable, can on this occasion only have been preached as meaning unity against Government…There was much public fraternisation. Hindus drinking out of vessels held by Muhammadans; for the usual cries in honour of Hindu deities, the crowd substituted shouts for Hindu-Mohammedan unity.” Hunter Committee Report also noted, and I quote “We think it clear that in Amritsar as elsewhere, efforts towards “ unity ” had been made largely and indeed frankly in a political interest…. Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew’s influence in particular was, and had consistently been, in the direction of unity ….contrary to previous practice, Ram Navami was very largely participated in by Muhammadans, and along with the usual shouts political cries were freely raised “Mahatma Gandhi ki jai,” “Hindu-Mussalman ki jai” The effect of the evidence before us is that the festival became a striking demonstration in furtherance of Hindu-Muhammadan unity — people of the different creeds drinking out of the same cups publicly and by way of a demonstration.” The Ram Navami processions across Punjab where Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs rallied together shook up the foundations of the empire. It could not risk a repeat of Ram Navami on Baisakhi Day four days later, hence Martial Law was declared and hundreds of unarmed Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were shot dead in cold blood at Jallianwala Bagh. Indians should learn that her strength lies in unity. Our unity terrified the mighty British empire and when we were divided they ruled over us. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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