These 5 books on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre well depict the facts and stories from the deadly incident through poems, visuals, and some unforgettable stories of the pain of the victims and the valour of Sardar Udham Singh.
Jallianwalan Bagh Massacre has been one of the deadliest affairs in the history of India. While it shivers the soul to remember the misfortune that happened on April 13, 1999, it is equally important for all Indians to know about the tragic incident and never forget about the sacrifices of the people who gave their lives. Having said that, there are no better ways to understand the incident other than reading the instances from books. So, here are a few books on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that you can check out if you intend to enrich your knowledge of the same.
1. “Khooni Vaisakhi: A Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919” by Nanak Singh
While the prose has its ways of explaining scenes, this book, comprising a collection of poems, touches the heart to a different level. Written by Nanak Singh, who had witnessed the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh with his eyes, this book highlights the agitation and anger of people from that era. Navdeep Suri has translated the Punjabi poems in the book.
2. “Jallianwala Bagh, 1919: The Real Story” by Kishwar Desai
While everyone knows about the massacre, it is also essential to understand its causes and consequences, and this book provides detailed information on the same. Written by Kishwar Desai, a renowned author, this book is based on various historical documents and reports of the Hunter Committee and the Indian National Congress; this book talks about the actions of General Dyer and various narratives around them.
3. “Jallianwala Bagh: A Groundbreaking History of the 1919 Massacre” by V. N. Datta
This book, written by V.N. Datta, a historian, and author, captures the incidents and stories encircling the massacre. Based on the testimonies of the survivors, this book also talks about its impact on Amritsar, also the author's hometown. So, get this in hand if you want to read the local narratives attached to the incident.
4. “Eyewitness at Amritsar: A Visual History of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre” by Amandeep Singh Madra and Parmjit Singh
While many authors and historians have written a lot about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, very few original visuals are available in the public domain. Amandeep Singh Madra and Parmjit Singh have made sure to bring to light the visuals through 'Eyewitness at Amritsar.' You will find various images, newspaper photographs, political figures, and more in chronological order here.
5. The Patient Assasin by Anita Anand
Anita Anand, a political journalist, has taken into account all the critical incidents that took place during the massacre but, most importantly, how Sardar Udham Singh waited for almost 20 years to take revenge on Sir Michael O'dwyer, who had ordered the entire massacre. The book traces Singh's journey through Africa, the United States, and across Europe to shoot Sir Michael down. The book is an ode to the massacre's actions and results.