Better late than never- Canada PM Justin Trudeau to express regret for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident on May 18, 2016
The Komagata Maru incident was a huge grief to the Indian immigrants. The incident marks the shattered dreams of Indians who made their best to migrate to Canada, but unfortunately were treated unjustly by the Canadian government of the time and were denied entry into the country, despite all the legalities
The incident revolves around the discriminatory laws of that time. Komagata Maru, a ship with 376 Indians which reached the Canadian shores on March 23, 1914 was not allowed to enter the Canadian port. Indians were demanded a huge amount as a security to enter Canada, yet on having paid the demanded amount, Canada refused to allow them to disembark. After clashes with British soldiers and open firing, Indian had to face death of 19 passengers. Giving up their hopes on Canadian government, the ship sailed back to Calcutta. Since then, victim families have been demanding the Canadian government to return their security amount with interest and believe that the government should come forward in support.
The latest news coming in is that Canada is now regretting the injustice the government had shown towards the immigrants 102 years back. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau expresses regret and will offer an apology in the House of Commons or lower house of Parliament on May 18, 2016- sources say.
“As a nation, we should never forget the prejudice suffered by the Sikh community at the hands of the Canadian government of the day. We should not allow and we will not. That is why, next month, on May 18th, I will stand in the House of Commons and offer a full apology for the Komagata Maru incident,” announced Justin Trudeau.
“The passengers of the Komagata Maru, like millions of immigrants to Canada since, were seeking refuge, and better lives for their families. With so much to contribute to their new home, they chose Canada and we failed utterly,” he added.