Making a huge statement, the Archbishop of Canterbury prostrated before Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar on Tuesday to pay respect to the victims of the awful massacre that took place a hundred years ago. ". I did make a statement on the anniversary of this awful massacre".
In a message for the book of condolences at the memorial, the Archbishop wrote: "It is deeply humbling and provokes feelings of profound shame for me as British Christian to visit this place that witnessed such an atrocity over a hundred years ago". The Archbishop added, "I wish to express shame and sorrow, for it is recognition of the disgusting reality of what we, the British, did there and there were doubtless, believing Christians involved, in the British troops. Again I can not speak for the government but I speak with repentance", he added.
'But I am personally very sorry for this awful atrocity. But I am personally very sorry for this awful atrocity.
Learning of what happened, the Archbishop said, "I recognise the sins of my British colonial history, the ideology that too often subjugated and dehumanised other races and cultures".
Welby also lied on the floor of the memorial after reading out a prayer to God to seek forgiveness. "The pain and grief that has transcended the generations since must never be dismissed or denied", Welby noted in his Facebook post after the visit.
Mr Welby said that the past must be learned from so that nothing like the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre ever happens again.
Earlier this year, former British Prime Minister Theresa May had said that the United Kingdom "deeply regrets" the 1919 massacre and called it a "shameful scar" on the British-Indian history. "Jallianwala Bagh is a classic example of the huge shame and damage done to our reputation and our history".
(AFP) Later that afternoon, when the head of the Anglican Church did visit Jallianwala Bagh - where the British army under the command of Gen Dyer on April 13, 1919 opened fire at a crowd of civilians demonstrating for independence - he prostrated himself on the ground before the memorial and expressed deep anguish and shame at the dastardly act committed by the British that led to the death of more than 400 innocent people.