Author: Harish K PuriPublisher: National Book TrustYear: 2011Language: EnglishPages: 168ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123762821
The Ghadar Movement was in many ways a novel struggle for freedom of India. It was launched in north America in 1913 by the combined efforts of Sikh migrant workers from Punjab and a small number of revolutionary exiles like Lala Har Dayal. They dreamt of Complete independence of India like that of USA. Several thousands returned to India at the beginning of the World War to overthrow the British rule through an armed insurrection like the Ghadar (Mutiny) of 1857. This book is a short history of the genesis and rise of the movement, its transnational dimensions, romance of patriotism, limitations and illusions, tremendous sacrifices and its legacy that inspired Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries.
Preface Introduction1. The Social and Political Background of the Indian Migrants 2. Life in the New World – Excitement, Humiliation and Exclusion3. Canada – Struggle Against Exclusion4. USA – Indian Revolutionaries and Political Mobilisation 5. Birth of the Ghadar Movement6. The Ghadar – Propaganda and Ideology 7. The Tragedy of the Komagata Maru 8. Exodus to India for Armed Revolt 9. Failed Revolution – A Saga of Sacrifices 10. Revolutionary Activities Outside India 11. The Legacy of the Ghadar Movement