Author: Malwinder Jit Singh WaraichGurdev Singh Sidhu/Publisher: National Book TrustYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 177ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123769974
On Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamship that sailed from Hong Kong to Canada were 376 passengers from Punjab. It was the year 1914 and the revolutionary struggle for freedom had begun across India. These patriots too publicly showed concern for their motherland on the lines of their Ghadarite brothers. However, the Canadian government admitted only 20 passengers into the country and rest were deported. The Canadian government argued that the ship had violated the exclusion laws. The ship returned to India. As soon as it arrived at Calcutta, the police swung into action and tried to arrest the most vocals amongst them. The leaders had staunch followers, so a fight ensued. The police opened fire at the passengers killing 19 and injuring many of them including the nine years old son of Baba Gurdit Singh. Most of the passengers were arrested and detained in the jails including the minor son of Baba Gurdit Singh, who himself gave a slip to the police.
ContentsPrefaceChronology of EventsI. The MigrationII. Asiatics Bad, Indians Worse!III. The BabaIV. Komagata MaruV. At VancouverVI. The Return JourneyVII. The Trap:Post Scripta) Author’s Comments: High Profile Enquiry – A Farceb) Rowlatt Report-Budge Budge Riotc) Weekly Intelligence Report: 6 October, 1914d) Khalsa Advocate: Editorial: 26 June, 1915, Guru Gobind Singh’s Prophesy about the British Rulee) Khalsa Advocate: Editorial: 18 September,1915 The Lahore Conspiracy CaseVIII. The Drop SceneAppendices