Commemoration, Cult of the Fallen (India)

Rana Chhina & Adil Chhina
The betrayal of popular political aspirations by the colonial state, followed by severe repression, resulted in the “Punjab Uprising” and the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. Unfolding political events overshadowed the end of the Great War, and commemoration found little space outside official or military narratives. Post-independence and partition, the war was seen as an event belonging to India’s colonial past with little relevance to the history and ideals of the new Republic. It was...
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