Martyrs’ memorabilia to be kept at Jallianwala Bagh

Martyrs’ memorabilia to be kept at Jallianwala Bagh

The beautified entrance at the Jallianwala Bagh. File

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2

Memorabilia associated with martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre collected from members of their families as well as audio tapes of how the family members remember the massacre will be added among the exhibits kept at the renovated Jallianwala Bagh Memorial.

Also read: Jallianwala Bagh: Facelift has erased massacre memories, say historians

Jallianwala Bagh: History massacred or restored?

A top Ministry of Culture official said two new galleries had been at the memorial for showcasing artefacts related to the massacre. The galleries are dedicated to the 1919 massacre, protests against the massacre in India and abroad, original footage related to the incident and history of Punjab.

The official said 31 family members of victims of the massacre were present at the ground during the inauguration of the renovated memorial on August 28. All were quite happy with the restoration work, the official said, adding minute attention had been paid to the historicity of the massacre while carrying out the renovation work.

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The official said the “Sound and Light Show” introduced in the memorial is quite moving.

Asked whether they were contemplating removal of the murals at the entrance, since it was attracting a lot of criticism, the official said, “this is not a life and death question”.

Panel to visit memorial tomorrow

Jalandhar: Following the renovation of Jallianwala Bagh memorial, Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Committee members would visit the site on September 4. In 2008, the committee was at the forefront of the agitation against the changes at the site. The members have threatened an agitation if the alterations are found to be objectionable. TNS

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