Reflections on the Komagata Maru

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This book consists of a collection of drawings, essays, paintings and poems to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru Episode. The pieces were first published online as part of the Komagata Maru Reflections Project, an initiative organized by students at Osgoode Hall Law School. Contributers: Honourable Russell G. Juriansz, Avnish Nanda, Sheena Josan, Richie Assaly, Raj Sharma, Gloria Ho, Jag Raina, Lorne Sossin, Andy Hayher, Sadhu Binning, Sean Rehaag, Aarondeep Singh Bains, Ranjan Agarwal, Rahool Agarwal, Harini Sivalingam, Faisal Bhabha, Jaspreet Pandher, Harneet Chahal.

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Little is known of the passengers aboard the Komagata Maru, the passenger steamship that arrived in Canada 100 years ago. Aside from a select few who documented their experiences during the two-month ordeal, most of the 396 men, women, and children on board failed to leave journals, letters, or other sources providing direct insight into their thoughts and feelings as they sat anchored in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. Beyond these scarce documents, we are left with only the ship’s passenger log and archival images to understand their experiences. Yet the ultimate fate of the passengers, most of whom were denied entry into Canada, highlights a dark chapter in our country’s history, and serves as a powerful reminder of the courage of those committed to challenging the racial intolerance that defined the era. The Komagata Maru incident was a political act disobedience designed to highlight the subordinate position of South Asians in the Commonwealth through Canada’s discriminatory migratory policies. Although the Canadian authority’s response to the Komagata Maru clearly achieved this objective, it came at significant personal cost, including the lives of many of the passengers on board.

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Weight 180 g
Dimensions 8.13 × 5.25 × 0.15 in



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