Komagata Maru

KOMAGATA MARU was a Japanese steamer chartered in 1914 for $66,000 by Gurdit Singh Sarhali, a SIKH entrepreneur, to bring a group of prospective SOUTH ASIAN immigrants, mainly Sikhs, to Canada from the Far East. The venture was intended to challenge restrictive Canadian immigration policies requiring new arrivals from India to take direct passage to Canada; in practice no direct passage from India was available. When the vessel arrived in VANCOUVER harbour on 23 May 1914, officials refused to...

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