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PM Modi, PM Harper remember Komagata Maru incident

Friday, April 17th, 2015

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday bowed in remembrance to the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, where hundreds of Sikh passengers were not allowed to alight on Canadian soil due to their Asian origin.

The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, were visiting the Gurdwara Khalsa Diwan at Ross Street in Vancouver. The

The official twitter account of the Prime Minister's Office shared the information.

"In remembrance of the Komagata Maru incident," the office wrote, also posting a picture of the two leaders.

The Komagata Maru was a Japanese steamship, which was sailing from Hong Kong to Vancouver with 376 passengers from Punjab on board, a majority of whom were Sikhs. Only 24 were admitted to Canada, while the rest were forced to return to India.

Prime Minister Modi's trip to Canada is the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 42 years.

Prime Minister Modi arrived here after concluding a successful visit to France and Germany. (ANI)

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