IACA calls for involvement in planning Gadar Party centennial celebration on June 29
IACA calls you! Planning Gadar Party centennial, June 29
Indian immigrants to North America faced racial prejudice. For dignity and a free India, the Gadar movement ("revolution") began in 1913, asking Indians to return to India for armed uprising.
The 100th anniversary is in 2013. Contact IACA now to plan Atlanta's celebration (June 29). Email ideas to Kaushal.firstname.lastname@example.org
What was the Gadar Party?
When Indians came to North America in the beginning of the 20th century, they faced racial prejudice and discrimination. They realized that the cause of their treatment was British enslavement of India and that they could not hope for economic wellbeing, dignity, and peace until India was freed. Wanting India to be a secular democratic republic like the USA, and knowing that Americans obtained independence from the British with the force of arms, they started the Gadar movement (meaning "revolution") in 1913 and called upon overseas Indians to return to India for the armed uprising. Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims responded to the call. Thousands were captured and hundreds killed or tortured in Andaman's Cellular Jail and other jails in India. Several community families were associated with the Gadar Party, and Mr. S. P. Singh's grandfather Bhai Bhagwan Singh Gyanee was cofounder of the Party (see video http://vimeo.com/46816475).
Since 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gadar movement, the government of India has planned celebrations throughout the year, per IACA chairperson Dr. Padmini Sharma, who got a glimpse of the celebrations first hand during her PBS (Pravasi Bhartiya Samman) event visit to India. Celebrations are planned in various cities of North America. IACA, as umbrella organization for the Indian community of Georgia, is hosting Atlanta's celebration on June 29, and requests individuals and all Indian subcontinent regional organizations to come forward and work together on it. Talks, a documentary, and a banquet will honor the heroes of the Party, who are often forgotten. Respect will be given as for Republic or Independence Day. Ideas and suggestions can be emailed to Kaushal.email@example.com