David Cameron will today become the first serving prime minister to voice regret about one of the British Empire’s bloodiest episodes in India and will lay a wreath at Amritsar, scene of a notorious massacre of unarmed civilians.
Cameron’s visit and expression of regret for what happened will stop short of an apology – but will make it clear he considers the episode a stain on Britain’s history that should be acknowledged.
The gesture, coming on the third and final day of a visit to India aimed at drumming up trade and investment, is likely to be seen as an attempt to improve relations with Britain’s former colonial possession and to court around 1.5 million British voters of Indian origin ahead of a 2015 election.
Cameron's visit has been largely focused on trade and investment so far.
We track the latest developments in the UK Prime Minister's visit to Jallianwala Bagh.
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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2013 12:44:15 IST