In 1919 the Butcher of Amritsar, General Dyer made his troops fire at innocent civilians
gathered for Baisakhi. In order to save themselves from the merciless barrage of
bullets many people jumped into this well. General Dyer had gone into a manic rage
which he never regretted till perhaps his death when he wrote, ‘So many people who
knew the condition of Amritsar say I did right…but so many others say I did wrong. I only want to
die and know from my Maker whether I did right or wrong.’
The well has been given this roof and gallery and it serves as a Monument to the Innocent who
died facing the white supremacist regime of England.
Wikipedia reports that the “Westminster Gazette wrote a contrary opinion (to the Pro-Dyer
obituaries on his death): “No British action, during the whole course of our history in India,
has struck a severer blow to Indian faith in British justice than the massacre at Amritsar.”
Rudyard Kipling did no good to his own image by supporting this blackguard and helping collect 26000 pounds for his benefit.