78% want an apology, and 85% believe it should be taught at school
According to a report being launched later this month, the majority of British Sikhs believe that the British Government should give a formal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place 100 years ago today.
The seventh annual British Sikh Report (BSR) is the only robust strategic document of its kind. Based on the results of a survey of over 2,000 Sikhs throughout the country, it aims to provide quantitative data about the British Sikh community at large.
This year’s report has included British Sikhs’ views on various anniversaries over the course of 2019, including the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. Also known as the Amritsar massacre, it saw hundreds of Punjabis at a peaceful gathering shot dead by members of the British Indian Army.
78% of respondents stated that the British Government should apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Furthermore, 85% of respondents stated that events like the massacre should be included in the school syllabus.
Jagdev Singh Virdee MBE, editor of the British Sikh Report, commented, “There are several major anniversaries this year, and the BSR team thought it was a good time to ask British Sikhs for their views on issues related to these key events. It is interesting to see that more Sikhs want the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to be taught in schools than would want a formal apology from the Government. This year’s British Sikh Report, which will be launched in a few days time, will also cover current issues that affect people’s lives, such as attitudes towards organ donations, adoption and fostering, disability and mental health.”
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Notes to editors:
An online questionnaire was created by an independent team, using societal and community-based knowledge of issues effecting the Sikh population. Academic bodies, third sector organisations and various corporations were then invited to give their input on questions within the report, before it was disseminated to the wider Sikh population.
The British Sikh Reports from previous years are available to download from www.britishsikhreport.org.
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