Below you will find a selection of terms, groups, and individuals affiliated with the Komagata Maru story. Please click on any of the glossary keywords to see a selection of material containing that term as well as a brief definition of how that term relates to the Komagata Maru or South Asian Canadian history.

S.S. Panama Maru

Earlier ship bringing Indians to Canada, Fall 1913.

Sansar (newspaper)

Newspaper (Punjabi), Victoria, ca. 1912-1914 (Punjabi). Sundar Singh and Kartar Singh Hundal, editors.

Scott, William D., 1861-1925

Superintendent of Immigration, Canada (1903-1919).


Refers to material about issues of sexuality and gender in the Indo-Canadian community.

Shore Committee

An organization set up by the local Indian community to assist the passengers of the Komagata Maru with food, provisions and legal challenges. Also called the Indian Shore Committee.


Refers to material about the practice of Sikh faith or religion, and includes material about Gurudwaras.

Sikhs in Canada

Refers to material relating specifically to Sikh communities in Vancouver and Canada.


Frequently a middle name for males of Sikh faith. Many people also use it as their last name.

Singh, Amar

Passengers Committee member.

Singh, Bagh

May be the same person as Bhag Singh.

Singh, Balwant

Priest, Secretary of Vancouver Sikh Temple. Returned to India on Komagata Maru. Also written as Bulwant. Gurdit Singh's son was also named Balwant.

Singh, Bela

Worked with Vancouver Immigration officials; seen as a spy by some members of the Vancouver Indian community.

Singh, Bhag

President of Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Co. Born in Bekhiwind District, Lahore. Shot by Bela Singh, 1914. May be the same person as Bagh Singh.

Singh, Bhagwan

Hindu priest.

Singh, Bhan


Singh, Bir

Assistant secretary to Gurdit Singh.

Singh, Daljit

Secretary to Gurdit Singh. Also written Dalgit.

Singh, Gurdit, 1858-1954

Indian businessman, entrepreneur and later, activist in India. Chartered the Komagata Maru. Also known as Baba Gurdit Singh.

Singh, Gurmukh


Singh, Harnam

There are numerous individuals with this name. Passengers Committee member; Editor of Sansar (newspaper); Director of Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Co. See the Index in Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar, by Hugh Johnston, for clarification.