The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar. Page 29, note 11

11 Severn described the meeting in a 300-word memo enclosed in Governor May's despatch to the Colonial Secretary, 8 April 1914 (copy to the Governor-General of Canada, Governor-General's Numbered Files 332 B, Public Archives Canada). We also have Gurdit Singh's version, a complete dialogue that appears on pp. 38-43 of pt. 1 of his Voyage of Komagatamaru. According to Gurdit Singh, Severn agreed to help by writing to the Canadian and Indian governments. 'Would you, if necessary, employ the same principles of passive resistance which Mr Gandhi nowadays employs in South Africa?' Severn is supposed to have asked. 'Oh yes, certainly in the like manner...' is Gurdit Singh's purported reply. But this is not consistent with Gurdit Singh's style or actions in 1914 and seems to have been added when he prepared his account for publication during Gandhi's satyagraha campaign in 1920-1. In other respects, the dialogue tallies so well with Severn's memo that one must conclude it is based on notes made soon after the conversation.

Title: The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar. Page 29, note 11

Subject: Bird, J. Edward; Boards of Inquiry; Budge Budge riot, 1914; Conditions on the ship; Confrontations with passengers; Dayal, Har, 1884-1939; Ghadar Party; Hopkinson, William Charles, 1880-1914; Immigration regulations, Canada; Johnson, Charles Gardner, 1857-1926; S. S. Komagata Maru; Kumar, Guran Ditt; Murder of W. C. Hopkinson; S. S. Panama Maru; Rahim, Husain; H. M. C. S. Rainbow; Reid, Malcolm R. J.; Singh, Gurdit, 1858-1954; Stevens, H. H. (Henry Herbert), 1878-1973

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Date: 1995

Display date: Vancouver : UBC Press, 1995, c1989

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