On May 23, 2020 we join the community and take a moment to remember Komagata Maru Day. In 1914, a ship named Komagata Maru carrying 376 passengers, prospective immigrants from the Punjab region of India, arrived in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The majority of those on board were refused entry to Canada, as the ship did not meet the ‘continuous journey regulations’. After two months of being held on board the ship, those passengers who had been refused entry were returned to India.
Upon the ship’s return to Calcutta, India police tried to arrest those on board that the British Raj viewed as lawbreakers and ‘dangerous political agitators’. This started the Budge Budge riot and many of the men were shot and killed.
The team at Simpson, Thomas & Associates share in the sentiments expressed by Mr. Raj Toor of the Komagata Maru Descendants Society:
“The proclamation on May 23rd commemorating Komagata Maru Day in British Columbia will help educate the community and remind us of how unique British Columbia’s diverse makeup is. We are all richer when we remember how special it is to have so many different ethnic communities living together. I hope that it will help to connect British Columbians and Canadians with their past in order to build a more peaceful and tolerant tomorrow.”