Crawling streets of Amritsar
The terrible Baisakhi Day massacre at Jallianwalla Bagh has long been erased from local public memory. Not far from the Golden Temple and Jallianwalla Bagh, is Amritsar's Crawling Street, so named after the British authorities issued orders for all Indians passing that way to literally crawl across.
Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has written to chief minister Amarinder Singh urging him to consider renaming Crawling Street. He has also slammed the Modi government for failing to suitably observe the Jallianwalla Bagh Centenary nationwide, on April 13.
"As we join our nation in observing the 100th anniversary of [the] Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, the unforgiving silence of the government haunts me," he said in Chandigarh.
Besides asking Amarinder to write to the British and Indian governments to seek an apology for the atrocity, Sidhu criticised the Modi government for failing to release funds for a revamp of Jallianwalla Bagh.
Sidhu also accused the Centre of blocking the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board proposals to undertake works at Jallianwalla Bagh. If one were to believe Sidhu, the Modi government is bent on keeping Punjab crawling.