Episode 4: My Name is Ghadar

This is the right time to revolt, Hindustani brothers what are you waiting for?

We will not live in this world forever, so why do we hide our gaze from the world?

If you are afraid to die fighting, they why did you scream for revolt?

– A Punjabi Singh (August 25, 1914)

Husain Rahim’s mugshot. Source: British Library.

Conspiracy. Revolution. Independence. The Ghadar movement was a revolutionary call for Indian independence from the British Empire in the early 1900s. And while there were Ghadar branches throughout the world, in this episode we highlight the critical role Vancouver played in this movement. We also discuss the newspapers that were furiously published by revolutionaries (and confiscated by the Canadian government) and the nameless, anonymous poetry that inspired a generation.

Ghadar di Goonj. Echo of the mutiny.

Photographs & Documents Referenced in Episode 4 of The Nameless Collective Podcast:

Yugantar Cover, June 1917.

Husain Rahim.

Balwant Singh, 1914. Source: Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar via komagatamarujourney.ca.

Bhai Bhag Singh, 1914. Source: Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar via komagatamarujourney.ca.

Bhai Bhagwan Singh, 1914. Source: Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar via komagatamarujourney.ca.

Taraknath Das

Ghadar Stamp issued by the Indian Government, 2013.

Kartar Singh Sarabha. Source: Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna via South Asian American Digital Archive.

The Nameless Collective Podcast is a Canadian History podcast produced by Jugni Style and Manjot Bains, with additional sound engineering by Devinder Singh. The show is hosted and researched by Naveen Girn, Milan Singh and Paneet Singh in Vancouver, Canada. Follow The Nameless Collective Podcast on Facebook and Instagram and use hashtag #thenameless.

References From Episode 4:

Ramnath, M. (2011). Haj to Utopia: How the Ghadar Movement Charted Global Radicalism and Attempted to Overthrow the British Empire. University of California Press.

Johnston, H. J. (2011). Jewels of the Qila: The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family. UBC Press.

Sohi, S. (2014). Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America. Oxford University Press, USA.

Correspondence with Kulwant Singh Nadeem Parmar, Gurpreet Singh, Sohan Singh Pooni, Manjit and Harjit Dhillon, and Sandeep Singh.

Special thanks to VIBC, for poetry from Songs of Revolution.

Further Reading

Gadar Di Gunj: Issue 1 via Panjab Digital Library.

Ghadr Party: Patriotic Organization on Foreign Lands. From The Canadian Sikhs Committee for Centennial Celebrations via SFU Komagata Maru Journey.