Monday, June 24, 2019
ADVT 
India

Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Declines To Join Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Celebrations

IANS, 10 Apr, 2019
  • Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Declines To Join Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Celebrations

Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Wednesday declined an invite from the British High Commission here to attend the birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth-II, stating that the event was falling on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the British forces on April 13, 1919.


The development came on a day when UK Prime Minister Theresa May expressed regret over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, describing it as a "shameful scar" on British Indian history.


"Thank you very much for the invite as a special guest at Her Majesty the Queen's birthday party at your residence. Let me wish Her Majesty long life and good health. While it would have been my privilege to be there but for the fact that it is falling on the eve of the hundredth anniversary of the brutal massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.

 

Therefore, I express my inability to attend the same," Badnore said in an official communication to British Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Ayre.


Hundreds of unarmed Indians, including women and children, were killed by British forces led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer inside the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13, 1919. The massacre was one of the darkest chapters in India's freedom struggle.


"It was only yesterday that British Minister Mark Field, while responding to a debate at the Westminster Hall in the House of Commons, expressed 'deep regrets' and assured the House that the issue pertaining to an apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar was in progress," said Badnore, who's also the Administrator for the Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh.


"Even British Prime Minister Theresa May has termed the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy 'a shamefuI scar'. In the wake of the above, it may not be appropriate for me to be present on this occasion as Jallianwala Bagh has always been a very emotive issue in Punjab," Badnore said in his letter.


A number of dignitaries from Chandigarh have been invited for the British High Commission event.


Queen Elizabeth will turn 93 on April 21. She was coronated as Queen in 1953.

MORE India ARTICLES

Urmila Matondkar Faces Charges Of Making Anti-Hinduism Comments

Urmila Matondkar Faces Charges Of Making Anti-Hinduism Comments

The complaint, filed by a Mumbai BJP worker, also sought action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly instructing Matondkar to make the remark

Urmila Matondkar Faces Charges Of Making Anti-Hinduism Comments

For Friend Kanhaiya Kumar, Swara Bhaskar And Friends' Poll Message To Begusarai

For Friend Kanhaiya Kumar, Swara Bhaskar And Friends' Poll Message To Begusarai

If Kanhaiya Kumar wins, it would be a victory for democracy, actor Swara Bhaskar, one of the most vocal critics of the central government in Bollywood, said on Tuesday.

For Friend Kanhaiya Kumar, Swara Bhaskar And Friends' Poll Message To Begusarai

68-Year-Old Muslim Man Assaulted, His Shop Ransacked By A Mob For 'Selling Beef' - VIDEO

68-Year-Old Muslim Man Assaulted, His Shop Ransacked By A Mob For 'Selling Beef' - VIDEO

The Mob Asked Shaukat Ali If He Had The Licence To Sell Beef And Whether He Was From Bangladesh

 

68-Year-Old Muslim Man Assaulted, His Shop Ransacked By A Mob For 'Selling Beef' - VIDEO

Actor-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Rides A Bike To File Poll Papers- SEE PICS

Actor-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Rides A Bike To File Poll Papers- SEE PICS

Ms Matondkar, who joined the party last month after a meet with Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, greeted crowds with folded hands from the sunroof of an SUV.

Actor-Turned-Politician Urmila Matondkar Rides A Bike To File Poll Papers- SEE PICS

Urmila Matondkar Slammed For Using Abhinandan Varthaman's Image At Rally

Urmila Matondkar Slammed For Using Abhinandan Varthaman's Image At Rally

Photos of Urmila Matondkar, the Congress Party's candidate from Mumbai North, with Mr Varthaman's image went viral on the micro-blogging site on Monday.

Urmila Matondkar Slammed For Using Abhinandan Varthaman's Image At Rally

Woman Driven Out Of Matrimonial House Can File Case Anywhere: Top Court

Woman Driven Out Of Matrimonial House Can File Case Anywhere: Top Court

The apex court's verdict came on an appeal filed by Rupali Devi against the Allahabad High Court which dismissed her plea to file a dowry harassment case from her parents' house.

 

Woman Driven Out Of Matrimonial House Can File Case Anywhere: Top Court

PrevNext