This bibliography was created by the CICS in order to provide scholars and researchers the materials related to the pivotal moment in Canadian history when passengers from the Komagata Maru were turned away from the shores of B.C in the year 1914.


The Centennial of this moment in history (2014) was commemorated by the CICS with two events:



Buchignani, N., Indra, D. M., & Srivastiva, R. (1985). Continuous journey: A social history of South Asians in Canada. Toronto, Ont: McClelland and Stewart in association with the Multiculturalism Directorate, Dept. of the Secretary of State and the Canadian Govt. Pub. Centre, Supply and Services, Canada.

Campbell, P. ( 2001). "East Meets Left: South Asian Militants and the Socialist Party of Canada in British Columbia, 1904-1914", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANADIAN STUDIES, Vol. 20, Fall 1999, pp. 35-66. Sage Race Relations Abstracts, 26, 1.)

James, St. W. and Walker, G. (1997). Race, Rights and the Law in the Supreme Court of Canada: Historical Case Studies. Toronto: Wilfred Laurier Press.

Johnston, H. J. M. (1979). The voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh challenge to Canada's colour bar. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Hawkin, Freda. (1999). Critical Years in Immigration: Canada and Australia Compared. Quebec: Mcgill-Queens University Press.

Kelley, N., & Trebilcock, M. J. (1998). The making of the mosaic: A history of Canadian immigration policy. Toronto, Ont: University of Toronto Press.

Puri, H. K. (1983). Ghadar movement: Ideology, organisation & strategy. Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University Press.

(2011) Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21: Continuous Journey Regulation, 1908

Retrieved from:

(n.d.) A History of Racism in Canada’s Immigration Policy, Retrieved from:

Johnston, Hugh. The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar. 2nd ed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1989.

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Kazimi, Ali. Undesirables White Canada and the Komagata Maru. Vancouver: D&M Publishers Inc., 2011.

Singh, Gurdit Singh. Voyage of the Komagata Maru or India’s Slavery Abroad. Chandigarh: Unistar Books, 2007. 

Singh, Kesar. Canadian Sikhs (Part One) And Komagata Maru Massacre. 1st ed. Surrey: Kesar Singh, 1989.

Tatla, Darshan S, ed. Report of the Komagata Maru Committee of Inquiry and Some Further Documents. Chandigarh: Unistar Books, 2007.

Ward, Peter W. White Canada Forever Popular Attitudes and Public Policy Towards Orientals in British Columbia. 3rd ed. Canada: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2002.

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