Liked the details and a very nuanced approach in describing what happened with a sensitive focus on the suffering of the people. A proof reading error in the Introduction on p. xiv The massacre on: the date is 13 April ,not 19 April. The photo of Shaheed Udham Singh used in the book is wrong. This is the photograph of another Udham Singh who was a leader of the Ghadar Party and was in the Andaman Cellular Jail at the time Jallianwala massacre happened. I hope you would convey that to the author. Thanks.
Glad to have read this book. It does the important work of addressing the Jalianwala Bagh massacre not as a standalone event but in relation to the momentous freedom struggle movement that was going on in Punjab and the rest of India at that time. Truly heart-wrenching to read the accounts of suffering and sacrifice that many have made to facilitate our freedom.
Kishwar Desai’s insightful book into the tragedy at Jallianwala Bagh teaches us how little we know about the actual circumstances which existed in 1919 in Punjab. This chilling narrative tells us what happened under Martial Law . Based on eye witness accounts and reports of that period, the book examines the claustrophobic conditions to which people were subject , and the sadism of the British, who took away every shred of their dignity……highly recommended reading for all.
I've just started reading this book. Very different from other books in this genre as she deals with this from the common men's view. Very well written & well researched. What a barbaric imperial power?