Reaction Of Indian Over his sacrifice
Although many Indians regarded Singh's actions as a response to some brutal aspects of British colonial
rule, officially, his actions were deplored and condemned in India, with Mahatma Gandhi referring to
Singh's actions as "an act of insanity", stating: "The outrage has caused me deep pain. I regard it as an
act of insanity ... I hope this will not be allowed to affect political judgement." The Hindustan
Socialist Republican Army condemned Mahatma Gandhi's statement, considering this to be a challenge to the
Indian Youths. Pt Jawaharlal Nehru wrote in The National Herald, "assassination is regretted but it is
earnestly hoped that it will not have far-reaching repercussions on political future of India."
In its 18 March 1940 issue, Amrita Bazar Patrika wrote, "O'Dwyer's name is connected with Punjab incidents
which India will never forget". The Punjab section of Congress in the Punjab Assembly led by Dewan Chaman
Lal refused to vote for the Premier's motion to condemn the assassination. In April 1940, at the Annual
Session of the All India Congress Committee held in commemoration of 21st anniversary of the Jallianwala
Bagh Massacre, the youth wing of the Indian National Congress Party displayed revolutionary slogans in
support of Singh, applauding his action as patriotic and heroic.
Singh had some support from the international press. The Times of London called him a "fighter for
freedom", his actions "an expression of the pent-up fury of the downtrodden Indian people." Bergeret from
Rome praised Singh's action as courageous. In March 1940, Indian National Congress leader Jawahar Lal
Nehru, condemned the action of Singh as senseless, however, in 1962, Nehru reversed his stance and
applauded Singh with the following published statement: "I salute Shaheed-i-Azam Udham Singh with
reverence who had kissed the noose so that we may be free."
Remains Of Udham Singh
In 1974, Singh's remains were exhumed and repatriated to India at the request of MLA Sadhu Singh Thind.
Thind accompanied the remains back to India, where the casket was received by Indira Gandhi, Shankar Dayal
Sharma and Zail Singh. Udham Singh was later cremated in his birthplace of Sunam in Punjab and his ashes
were scattered in the Sutlej river. Some of his ashes were retained; these retained ashes are kept inside
a sealed urn at Jallianwala Bagh.