(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 15, 2013
of Ghadar Movement Observed In
Canadian Workers Association of Canada had
decided to observe the foundation of the Ghadar movement and
party on the West Coast
of North America in 1913. This centenary is significant in
many ways. ICWA
comrade Surinder Dhesi was a delegate to
the 20th Party Congress of the CPI (M). This congress had
adopted a resolution
calling upon all units to observe in a befitting manner this
resolution said, among other things, “This party congress
recalls with pride
and salutes the memory of the 200 martyrs who were killed
and 35 who were sent
to the Andaman cellular jail for life. Their fearless
example raised hopes of overcoming
imperialism at its most savage. The movement extended from
Vancouver to San
Fransciso, and the
the ICWA decided to hold a series
of events on September 7-8, 2013 at
seminar, various papers on different
aspects of the history of the Ghadar movement were
those present were Historian Sohan Singh
Pooni, Dr Raghubir Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Naveen. The
chief guest at this
event was CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and leader of the
Sims and Jasbir Sandhu, members of
parliament of NDP also addressed the seminar. The Counsel
The next day, the ICWA organised a ‘mela’, dedicated to the centenary observation of the Ghadar Heroes in a massively attended function. Local police authorities have declared the participation of more than 15 thousand people. The mela began with the hoisting of Ghadar Flag and with a song sung, dedicated to the Ghadar Heroes.
The main speaker at the mela was Sitaram Yechury, followed by the Consul General of India.
spoke about the contributions made by
the Ghadar party to the Indian Freedom struggle. He said
Ghadarites did not
just confine to the freedom of
He observed that the free market economy and liberalisation has created a huge gap between the rich and the poor. “ As a fitting tribute to the Ghadarites, we must keep this struggle alive,” he said. He also released a souvenir dedicated to the Ghadar history.
Surpringly, Sukhdev Dhindsa, an Akali MP landed at these events, uninvited.
The next day, a meeting of the ICWA members and party sympathisers was held and had a detailed discussion about the functioning of the unit and chalked out the future programme. Next year being the 100 years of Komagata Maru, the unit decided to observe in a befitting manner the centenary. The meeting also discussed how to improve the functioning of the unit and to plan to form a co-ordination committee.