Of Immigrants Past and Present
Vijaya Ramaswamy
THE VOYAGE OF THE KOMAGATA MARU: THE SIKH CHALLENGE TO CANADA'S COLOUR BAR by Hugh Johnston Oxford University Press, 1979, 162 pp., 55.00
SIKHS IN ENGLAND: THE DEVELOP¬MENT OF A MIGRANT COMMUNITYby A.W. Helweg Oxford University Press, 1979, 175 pp., 55.00
Mar-Apr-May-June 1980, volume 4, No 3/4/5/6

The voyage of the Komagata Maru has its roots in the present as well as in the past. It had its links with the Ghadr party, the most powerful terrorist organization outside India engaged in the anti-imperia­list struggle. But its relevance is no less to the immediate question of the Indian im­migrants everywhere and their prospects and problems. Both aspects have been inter­woven into this account of the Sikh Chal­lenge to Canada’s colour bar. Helweg’s book takes up the theme of emigration and immigrants within a narrow spatial framework over a long period from 1947 to 1948.

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