Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919
was the most inhuman
act of the British rulers in India. The people of Punjab gathered on the
auspicious day of Baisakhi at Jalianwala Bagh, near Golden Temple at
Amritsar, to lodge their protest peacefully against harassment by the
British Indian Government.
General Dyer came suddenly with an
army of 90 British Indian Army soldiers and ordered to fire on all the
people including women and children.
After the First World War
(1914-1918), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became the undisputed leader of
the Congress. During this struggle, Mahatma Gandhi had developed the
novel technique of non-violent agitation, which he called 'Satyagraha',
loosely translated as 'moral domination'.
Gandhi, himself a
devout Hindu, also espoused a total moral philosophy of tolerance,
brotherhood of all religions, non-violence (ahimsa) and of simple
living. With this, new leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra
Bose also emerged on the scene and advocated the adoption of complete
independence as the goal of the National Movement.
In front of
Hunter Commission, Dyer admitted that he came to know about the meeting
at the Jallianwala Bagh at 12:40 hours that day but took no steps to
prevent it. He stated that he had gone to the Bagh with the deliberate
intention of opening fire if he found a crowd assembled there.
the storm of outrage that followed the release of the Hunter Report in
1920, Dyer was placed on the inactive list and his rank reverted to