MUMBAI: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who arrived in Mumbai on Sunday as a part of his visit to India to boost economic and cultural ties, asserted that though terroriststry to divide humanities, they would never be able to defeat New Delhi and the British capital.
“My city, Mumbai, India, and Pakistan all suffer terrorism and I condemn it unequivocally.
Terroriststry to divide humanities, they try to bring people apart. In my opinion, India would never be defeated by terrorism, London would not be defeated by terrorism and we would succeed and we support and learn from each other, so British Government works close with Indian Government to make sure we can learn from each other and to make our cities safe,” Khan told ANI. Sadiq Khan was accompanied by a delegation of U.K. business leaders and will meet with politicians, investors and entrepreneurs from across South Asia on the trip, which is aimed at strengthening trade and investment links as well as promoting cultural exchange.
The visit will focus on spreading the message that London is open to those looking to work, visit or study following the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum or the EU referendum, also known as the Brexit referendum. Between 2005 and 2016, the U.K. was the second largest destination for Indian investment and 44 percent of the fastest growing Indian companies now have a base in London. Jallianwala Bagh massacre Sadiq Khan paid tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar on Wednesday and said it is time for the British Government to apologise for the tragedy. Khan wrote in the visitor’s book at the Jallianwala Bagh that the British Government must apologise for the tragedy that took place at Jallianwala Bagh in 1919. He wrote that it was incredibly moving for him to visit Jallianwala Bagh and one can never forgot the tragedy that took place here.
The mayor also visited the martyrs well at the historical site. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on 13April, 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab. The British government released figures stating 379 dead and 1,200 wounded. Other sources place the number of dead at well over 1,000. Before this, Khan paid obeisance at Golden Temple and also partook langar in the community kitchen of the temple.
Khan said he felt great after visiting the holy shrine. He was also honoured by the officials of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee. Earlier on Tuesday, Khan visited the Akshardham Temple in New Delhi and also met students studying air pollution in Maharaja Agrasain Public School. Khan along with Mayor of Bengaluru, Sampath Raj, yesterday announced that London and Bengaluru will lead a global partnership of up to 20 other world cities on tackling global air pollution. The mayor held meetings with business leaders and Indian government ministers as a part of his visit to Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar in India. He also met Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitlley and discussed how India and London can build on their longstanding business and cultural ties.
Open for business Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday said the British capital was open for business and partnerships with India. He said, “The key message I am bringing to India is that London is open for talent, business and partnerships.” The London Mayor stated that India was the second biggest investor in the United Kingdom and both have a rich history, adding, “India is the biggest democracy and the UK isthe oldest democracy.” “We’re keen to encourage talented Indians to come and study in London,” he added. For someone whose parents and grandparents are from India, Khan said, “I am really proud that I have come to India as the Mayor of London.”