I wish that every indecency by man could be preserved so intently as this. I don't know if it was the fact that this event was dramatized in the famous film, Gandhi or whether the memorial of this terrible event makes you feel the injustice by making it seem so real. It is a place that I felt confronted by two urgent thoughts: what insanity drove the English to such an act and what would I do if I faced this overwhelming barrage of firepower as an unarmed civilian in a desperately poor country. It would be absurd to think that escape was possible but those that had a chance to attempt an escape took it. It is their stories that are the most compelling. I was drawn to the well where so many had jumped or dived into in their desperation.
It is a memorial that recreates the crime and one that should be seen by anyone who wants to understand India, as well as colonial Britain.
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