The Asian Awards has announced that the 9th edition of the awards ceremony will commemorate the victims of the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre with the highest honour, The Founders Award. The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, was a pivotal moment in India’s history and marks its 100th year anniversary on 13th April 2019. The 9th Asian Awards take place on 12th April 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards said: “The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre was an event which shaped the course of India’s history and remains one of the most pivotal moments for the country. An atrocious act which saw 379 unarmed demonstrators killed and over a thousand injured, it influenced the mindset of Indian nationals towards the British rule and not forgetting, stirred the emotions of one of India’s greatest leaders, Mahatma Gandhi. We are honoured to observe the 100th anniversary of the Amritsar massacre at next year’s awards, and remember those who lost their lives by commemorating them with our highest honour, The Founders Award.”
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre was a key event which led to the eventual independence of India. The centenary anniversary on 13th April 2019 will mark a special day for India, a date which changed the course of the country’s history.
Sagoo adds: “The date of The 9th Asian Awards, the evening of the 12th of April 2019 in London will coincide exactly with the 100th year anniversary on 13th April, given the time difference in India, and we are planning something special on the night in what will be the first time these martyrs are honoured. We have consulted with key historians in our research in what is probably the most important moment in Indian history.”
The Asian Awards will immortalise those who were killed and will honour them with The Founders Award, an award which has previously been won by pop icon Freddie Mercury, activist Ahmed Kathrada, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and philanthropist Mother Teresa.
The 9th Asian Awards take place on 12th April 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.