History & Culture

India marks 100 years of Komagata Maru incident

DELHI

India released a set of special coins of denominations of Rs.100 and Rs.5 launching a year-long centenary commemoration of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident to create awareness about the heroic struggle of Indian migrants against discriminatory immigration laws of Canada.

Komagata Maru, a Japanese ship carrying 376 Indians, was not allowed to disembark its passengers in Vancouver for two months and then forcibly sent back to India where 20 of the prospective migrants were shot dead by police on arrival in Calcutta (now Kolkata).

“By commemorating Komagata Maru we commemorate not only the 376 Indians on board the ship, but also all the Indians who have since the early decades of the last century landed on the shores of other countries in search of greener pastures,” Culture and Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said at the inaugural function at Vigyan Bhawan in the capital on September 29, reports Zee News.

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