The Voyage of the Komagata Maru

The Voyage of the Komagata Maru

The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar

Book - 2014 | Expanded and fully revised edition
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Released to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the arrival of the Komagata Maru , this expanded and fully revised edition will stand as the most thoroughly researched account of the notorious Komagata Maru incident. The event centres on the ship's nearly four hundred Punjabi passengers, who sought entry into Canada at Vancouver in the summer of 1914, only to be chased away by a Canadian warship. This story became a symbol of prejudicial immigration policies, which Canadians today reject, and served to fuel the emerging anti-British movement in India. It deserves the careful re-examination it gets in this thoroughly updated edition that provides a contemporary perspective on a defining moment in Canadian, British Empire, and Indian history.
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, [2014]
Edition: Expanded and fully revised edition
ISBN: 9780774825481
Branch Call Number: 325.1 J72v2
Characteristics: xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Aug 12, 2014

A gripping chronicle of struggle against racial discrimination, immigrant economic ambition, safeguarding the British Raj, terrorism, and assassinations. The Sikh immigrants were seeking a better life in Canada but were blocked from entering; and their repatriation lead to a deadly confrontation as the British colonial authorities viewed the returnees as revolutionaries bent on Indian independence. The author sets the 'Komagata Maru' incident in its broader historical context - that echoes in current events. The lively text is complimented with some photographs, endnotes, and an index. This revised edition might have benefited from a "Further Reading" list.

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