A trip to Jallianwala Bagh was top.on our Bucket list. But the extended renovation that it was undergoing delayed our plans. We finally managed to fulfill our plans this month.
Since we had not visited the place prior to its renovation it is not possible to compare the present layout with its previous version.
The deathly well which consumed hundreds of innocents who jumped into it to escape the bullets has been given a glass wall around its compound. The walls which bear the bullet marks of that evening have also been barricaded.
In addition to these brick and mortar memories, digital memories in the form of photos, videos and movies are also on display which enhance the emotions associated with this hallowed site. A corner depicting the history of Punjab is displayed.
The narrow alleyway leading to the Bagh has been inscribed with Murals depicting the famous leaders of that era as well as events of that unfortunate afternoon.
However, the washrooms leave a lot to be desired less due to the efforts of the goverment species and more due to the apathy of the visitors.
A visit to the memorial does not leave you satisfied or thrilled. It is not meant to be so. The place is soaked with the blood of atleast a thousand men, women and children as young as a few months.
That is why it was distressing to note the casual attitude with which some of the visitors were clicking selfies with the well or the puckered walks as background.
This garden is a mute testimony not just of our long and eponymous freedom struggle but also of the unfathomable savagery that can exist within humans when absolute power is in their hands and heads.