Preview – The Massacre That Shook the Empire

The Massacre That Shook the Empire
Journalist Sathnam Sanghera in Amritsar. Picture Publicist: Nathalie Mohoboob. Photographer: Production Company/Sugar Films.

Today marks the centenary of one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the British Empire.

On 13th April 1919, a peaceful protest was being held in a park in the Indian town of Amritsar against British colonial rule. In reaction, a British general order protestors – men, women and children – to be killed. Although there are no precise figures, the deaths are known to be in the hundreds. It became known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Writer Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot) looks at the history of the massacre, the legacy of the event, and how it proved be a turning point in the road towards India’s independence.

The Massacre That Shook the Empire is on Channel 4 at 21.00.