A Garden?

We went to this garden after the Golden Temple. It has the same heaviness of spirit I felt from the horrific suffering I felt in Dachau, and also at the fort in Ghana where the Africans were held before boarding the ships for the New World.



A garden is a peaceful place for relaxation, rest, and contemplation.  It can also be a meeting place.  Such it was in a garden, Jallianwala Bagh,  in Amritsar, Punjab on Sunday, April 15, 1919. The day was one of the Punjab’s largest religious festivals. During this historical period, there was a time of unrest and protest against the British rule and Indian people were not free to move around or meet in groups.This, too, was the case of slaves in the South before the Civil War. Plantation owners feared revolt. Slaves were not taught to read or write and could only congregate on Sundays at church. But these pronouncements in India  were published only in English, unread by the many non-English speaking or  reading  Indians.  The group of men, women, and children numbering thousands were meeting to plan a protest of the unjust British laws as well as celebrate the…

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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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