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13 April : 95th Anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrdom.

"The impossible men of India shall rise and liberate their Motherland." - Mahatma Gandhi, after the Amritsar Massacre.

"The incident in Jallianwala Bagh was 'an extraordinary event, a monstrous event, an event which stands in singular and sinister isolation." - Winston Churchill, after the Amritsar Massacre.

 

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, was a seminal event in the British rule of India. On 13th April 1919, a crowd of non-violent innocent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh garden in Amritsar to protest the arrest of two leaders despite a curfew which had been recently declared. Around 10,000 people, which consisted of men, women and children, gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh. On the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer the only exit point of the park was blocked with his troop of 150 soldiers. He ordered his army to open fire at will without warning the crowd. 1,650 rounds of ammunition were fired for 15 minutes. The result: 400 people were killed. The 1,500 wounded people were left to die and many jumped into the well of the park in an effort to save themselves. This "brutality stunned the entire nation", resulting in a "wrenching loss of faith" of the general public in the intentions of Britain.

“Salute to the Martyrs, Innocent People.”

 

A Unique Postal History of Indo-Pak War 1971
By Ashok Kumar Bayanwala, Ahmedabad.


Ashok Kumar BayanwalaChachro town situated in between 70’ & 72’ longitude and 24’ & 26’ latitude in the district Tharparkar of Sindh province forms a part of Pakistan since 14th August 1947. During the Indo-Pak war in the year 1971, a portion of Tharparkar including Chachro, was occupied by the Indian Army and the area remained under the control of Indian Army till 22nd December 1972.

It really happened when India was attacked by Pakistan at about 5.45pm, on 3rd December 1971. Pakistan Air Force attacked a number of airfields in both the Western and Eastern Parts of India, including Amritsar, Pathankot, Srinagar, Awantipur, Jodhpur, Ambala and Agra. The same evening the Pakistani army attacked on Kashmir and Punjab. It also launched armored infantry operation to secure Ramgarh, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. In Kashmir, the operations were concentrated on two key points, Punch and Chamb.

   
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