On May 23, 1914, Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind’s youngest brother, Jagat Singh Thind, was amongst the 376 passengers (340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus) who arrived in Burrard Inlet, Vancouver from the Indian sub-continent in hopes for a better life and better educational system. However, due to the racist immigration policy of the Dominion of Canada, the ship was forced to leave on July 23, 1914.
On the voyage back to India many on board endured hardships by the hands of the British. Thus inciting a riot, which resulted in many Indians being abused, jailed, or killed. This riot incident is known as “Budge Budge Riot”. Fortunately Jagat eventually made his way back to his village (Tara Garh). This section has letters written by Dr. Thind to his father, S. Boota Singh Thind, expressing concern about Jagat’s safety.
Letters from Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind Concerning the Voyage of Komagata Maru
Vintage Photos of the Komagata Maru (click for larger view)