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The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar Paperback – Jan 1 1989

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: UBC Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (Jan. 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0774803401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0774803403
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
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In May 1914, 400 Sikhs left for British Columbia by chartered ship,
resolved to claim their right to equal treatment with white citizens of
the British Empire and force entry into Canada. They were anchored off
Vancouver for over two months, enduring extreme physical privation and
harrassment by immigration officials, but defying federal deportation
orders even when the Canadian government attempted to enforce them with
a gunboat.

The leaders of the group, who were thought to be closely associated
with the nationalist, terrorist movement in India, were finally
persuaded to return to India. They were by then full of revolutionary
fervour against the Raj. On their disembarkation at Calcutta, troops
opened fire while attempting to control the passengers, and a number of
them were killed. The event, which had already raised a great deal of
interest and concern among the governments of India and Canada, was now
invested for Indian nationalists with a tragic significance which can
be compared to that of Jallianwallah Bagh, while Gurdit Singh, the
leader, was acclaimed as a heroic revolutionary figure by eminent

The author has produced the first thoroughly researched study of a
stirring event, basing it on official accounts from both the Canadian
and Indian sides, as well as the reminiscences of the only passenger
still alive at the time the book was written. Apart from its interest
for the student of the Indian nationalist movement, this book has
obvious relevance for those interested in race relations and the
history of immigration laws within the British Empire.

About the Author

Hugh Johnston is a professor of history at Simon
Fraser University and co-editor (with Robin Fisher) of From Maps to
Metaphors: The Pacific World of George Vancouver
(UBC Press,

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