Komagata Maru & Jagat Singh Thind, the Brother Of Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind
On May 23, 1914, Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind’s youngest brother, Jagat Singh Thind, was amongst the 376 passengers (340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus) who arrived in Burrard Inlet, Vancouver from the Indian sub-continent in hopes for a better life and better educational system. However, due to the racist immigration policy of the Dominion of Canada, the ship was forced to leave on July 23, 1914.
On the voyage back to India many on board endured hardships by the hands of the British. Thus inciting a riot, which resulted in many Indians being abused, jailed, or killed. This riot incident is known as “Budge Budge Riot”. Fortunately Jagat eventually made his way back to his village (Tara Garh). This section has letters written by Dr. Thind to his father, S. Boota Singh Thind, expressing concern about Jagat’s safety.
Letters from Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind Concerning the Voyage of Komagata Maru
- Letter to his father concerning the fate of brother Jagat (Dec 21, 1914)
- Dr. Thind’s Letter to his father concerning the fate of Jagat (Date Unknown)
- Letter to father: A Desperate plea for news on the status of Jagat (Date unknown)
- Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind’s Letter to his father regarding a death of a friend on the Komagata Maru (Jan 21, 1914)
- Letter to Father asking him to give Jagat a hug (September 13, 1916)
- Post Komagata Maru Letter to his father regarding the marriage for Jagat (April 14, 1919)
- Post Komagata Maru Letter to Jagat and an offer of monetary support so that Jagat will not have to travel (May 3, 1919)
- Letters to his father asking to be kept informed on Jagat (Nov. 15, 1919)
Vintage Photos of the Komagata Maru (click for larger view)