In the Shadow of Gandhi: Gurdit Singh and the Sea | Renisa Mawani

On May 23, 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver Harbour only to be deported to India two months later. The ship’s journey has received considerable attention in Canada, from scholars, artists, community members, and politicians. Yet, we know little of the ship’s arrival in Calcutta and even less of its Charter, Gurdit Singh. In this video, Professor Renisa Mawani discusses the Komagata Maru’s voyage – its arrival and return – through the figure of Gurdit Singh. Singh, she argues, was an anticolonial figure who drew his visions of freedom from maritime worlds. This video draws from Mawani’s forthcoming book, Across Oceans of Law, under contract with Duke University Press.