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Anakhi Yoddha – Shaheed Udham Singh
Sewa Singh Matharu & Dalvinder Singh
Music: Tarlochan Singh Khalsa (Tarli)
'I am not afraid to die. I am proud to die, to have to free my native land and I hope that when I am gone, I hope that in my place will come thousands of my countrymen to drive you dirty dogs out; to free my country.' – Shaheed Udham Singh
On the afternoon of April 13, 1919, some 10,000 or more unarmed men, women, and children gathered in Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh to attend a peaceful protest meeting, despite a ban on public assemblies. It was a Sunday, and many neighbouring village peasants also came to Amritsar to celebrate the Vaisakhi festival. The British Imperial Army positioned its men at the sole, narrow passageway of the Bagh, which was otherwise entirely enclosed by the backs of abutted brick buildings. Giving no word of warning, 50 soldiers fired into the gathering, and for 10 to 15 minutes 1,650 rounds of ammunition were unloaded into the screaming, terrified crowd, some of whom were trampled by those desperately trying to escape. According to official estimates, nearly 400 civilians were killed, and another 1,200 were left wounded with no medical attention. The Imperial occupiers deemed it was necessary to produce a “moral and widespread effect,” stating that the firing would have continued had more ammunition been available.
A young Udham Singh and his friends from the orphanage he grew up in were serving water to the crowd and he was deeply affected by the event. The governor of Punjab, Michael O'Dwyer, had supported the massacre, and Shaheed Udham Singh held him responsible.
On 13 March 1940, Michael O'Dwyer was speaking at a joint meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society at Caxton Hall. Shaheed Udham Singh concealed his revolver in a cut-out book, entered the hall, and stood against the wall. As the meeting concluded, Singh shot O'Dwyer twice as he moved towards the speaking platform, killing him immediately.
13 March 2015 marks the 75th diamond jubilee of the day Shaheed Udham Singh avenged the innocent deaths of many as orchestrated by O’Dwyer.
To commemorate this gallant sacrifice Father and Son duo Sewa Singh Matharu (Ashoka Group UK) and Dalvinder Singh bring you a surreal kavishri of Shaheed Udham Singh’s historical act.
It is unfortunate that whilst the likes of Shaheed Udham Singh died for a free India, we are still facing immense persecution till this day at the hands of many whom are determined to enslave and break the Sikh panth. Shaheed Udham Singh is held in the highest of esteem with many great and brave men and women who have died for freedom; we must not forget these sacrifices and by doing so we must honour them by standing for justice, freedom and equality.
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
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