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CLIP 12540

Amritsar massacre of 1919

Amritsar massacre of 1919
Key Info
  • Amritsar massacre of 1919
  • Duration: 03:19
  • Sikhs are shown worshipping at Amristar and then the narrative widens into a description of the unrest against British rule in the Punjab in 1919. The British banned all public assemblies but Nationalist activists proved more effective in getting discontented Sikhs to join a demonstration. The British commander General Dyer ordered troops to open fire on one demonstration which came to be known as the Amritsar massacre. There is a fascinating comparison of reactions to the events.
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  • Keywords: Amritsar, massacre, golden temple, Sikh, Punjab
Ideas for use in class
  • Would you say that the tone of this clip was sympathetic to the British or to those who were fired at in Amritsar?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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