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Release of Komagata Maru Incident Commemorative Coins

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

As a tribute to the heroic struggle of Indian immigrants against discriminatory immigration laws of Canada in the early years of twentieth century, the Government of India has decided to commemorate the centenary of Komagata Maru incident on completion of 100 years after the incident.

The inaugural function of the year-long centenary commemoration was organised here today by Union Ministry of Culture. Three granddaughters of Baba Gurdit Singh, the hero of the episode - Ms. Harbhajan Kaur, Ms. Satwant Kaur and Ms. Balbir Kaur were honoured by the Culture Minister Shri Shripad Naik on the occasion. A set of commemorative coins of denominations of Rs. 100 and Rs. 5 was released to mark the occasion.


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik releasing commemorative coins, at the inaugural function of the Centenary Commemoration of the “KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT”, in New Delhi on September 29, 2014. The Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh is also seen.


On May 23, 1914, Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamer, carrying 376 passengers from Hong Kong, mostly being immigrants from Punjab, British India, arrived in Vancouver, Canada. It was denied docking by the Canadian authorities. Following a two months stalemate, the Ship was escorted out of the harbour by the Canadian Military and forced to sail back to India. The Komagata Maru arrived in Calcutta in September, 1914. The British Imperial Government saw the men on Komagata Maru as dangerous political agitators. The police went aboard the ship on 29th September, 1914 to arrest Baba Gurdit Singh and other leaders. The arrest was resisted by the passengers which led to police firing in which 19 passengers were killed. Baba Gurdit Singh escaped along with many others. The rest of the passengers were sent to Punjab.

Note: The coins are not yet released for either circulation or public bookings through mints. The booking dates will be announced in our Facebook Page as soon as advertised by mints in newspaper.

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