History, memory, and contestation : challenges in preserving Amritsar's diverse heritage

Rai, Gurmeet S and Mahn, Churnjeet; (2020) History, memory, and contestation : challenges in preserving Amritsar's diverse heritage. In: Heritage Conservation in Postcolonial India. Routledge, New York. ISBN 9780367619947

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Abstract

The city of Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab was founded by the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, in 1577 and since then has become one of the holiest and most recognised sites associated with the Sikh faith. The surrounding area was home to other sacred sites, such as the Ram Teerath, and contemporary Amritsar houses various religious monuments, illustrating the diversity of worship in the region. The narrative of Amritsar's significance, however, has been dominated by historical events in the 20th century, namely the massacre of a congregation in Jallianwala Bagh in 1919, violence in the aftermath of Partition in 1947, and the attack on the Golden Temple known as Operation Blue Star in 1984. Jallianwala Bagh and the Golden Temple have remained at the centre of the city's self-presentation of its heritage to tourists, the majority of whom come specifically to visit the temple.

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