Videos

The centennial anniversary of the Komagata Maru provides an exemplary opportunity to share the story of the Komagata Maru. In January 2014, OMNI Punjabi News began an extensive process to research different facets of this story. Originally airing as a 5 part series, each episode is collected together as a mini documentary. Narrated by journalist Baldeep Jhand, it features interviews with scholars, community activists, South Asian pioneers and descendants of Komagata Maru passengers.

In many ways, the capstone to the immediate events of the Komagata Maru is not the ship’s forced return, but the death of Mewa Singh. Mewa Singh arrived in Vancouver in 1906 and worked in the local sawmills. He was a devout Sikh who was baptized in Vancouver in 1908 and served as a reader of the Guru Granth Sahib at the Vancouver Gurdwara. Motivated by what he perceived were the reprehensible actions of officials to sow discord amongst the South Asian population, Mewa Singh killed Immigration Officer William Hopkinson and surrendered. This video, produced by OMNI Punjabi News and narrated by reporter Baldeep Jhand dramatically re-enacts the story of Mewa Singh and is based on court transcripts, newspaper accounts and supplemented by the voices of scholars.