Massacre That Shook The Empire
Sathnam Sanghera’s mum doesn’t know he’s going to India. He tells her he’s going to Las Vegas. She’d only worry, he says. This was one of many lovely personal touches inThe Massacre that Shook the Empire(Saturday, Channel 4), about theslaying of hundreds of Indians by the British-Indian army in Amritsar in 1919. In less than an hour, the programme succeeded in bringing together sensitive reporting of the massacre and the context in which it took place; angrily examining our “wilful amnesia” about the brutality of the British empire and our idea of British exceptionalism; and offering many insights into the second-generation experience.