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Letter from Bhagwan Singh Gyanee to Jagjit Singh



DESCRIPTION
Letter from Bhagwan Singh Gyanee to Jagjit Singh, dated August 19, 1956, in which Gyanee adds remarks about Singh's book Gadar Party Laher. Gyanee details the international scope of the party, and describes several accounts of his time in the U.S. and Hong Kong in the 1910s, pointing out the racial discrimination he and his comrades felt as they organized the movement. In describing to the activities that led to the birth of the Gadar Party, Gyanee describes Indian deputations in Vancouver, led by Teja Singh, Sunder Singh, and Raja Singh; as well as similar deputations led by Har Dayal, Sudhindra Bose, and Bishan Singh.

ADDITIONAL METADATA
Date: August 19, 1956
Subject(s): Jagjit Singh
Type: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Bhagwan Singh Gyanee

TRANSCRIPTION
COPY Letter to Sr. Jagjit Singh Aug. 19, 1956 c/o Col Gurbax Singh Tarn Taran, Punjab, India Dear Sardar SinghJi: JAI HIND!. Your Kind letter of July 15th reached me sometime ago. I have been in quite a turmoil myself besides lectures, classes, dictation, etc I had two minor operations one in July the other in August. To add to that injuries I received from the Canadian Police at the time of my deportation Nov. 19, 1913 are causing distress, pain and handicap. As long as I was younger, living on the hereditary endowment of my race I was able to face life's problems with greater zest and defiance. But now, as age catches up and the vigor of youth receeds with the dawn of maturer wisdom, I am ready to slow down awhile. So, let us resume our chat. First permit me to commend your scholarly tenacity for research & hunger for facts. The "Gadar Party Laher" is well written, copiously documented & yet it is left open for further research work, assimilation of facts, and modification in the light of expanded knowledge. The Gardar Party was truly an International Movement. Our representatives & Centres of information, propaganda, etc., were in the Capitols of practically every Nation besides the Pacific Coast, Vancouver, Victoria, other Canadian cities. Our centres were well established in Panama, Mexico City, Buenos Ayres, Argentina, Brazil... There were 300 of our countrymen residing in Manilla, Tokio, Yokohama, and other cities of Japan, Shanghai, Hong kong, China, Singapore, Bangkok, Thialand, Rangoon, Burma, Indo-China, Jave, Sumatra, Kabul, Teheran, Persia, Ankara, Turkey, Moscow, Russia, Berlin, Germany, Paris, France am a free man and creative thinker. Let us establish a fruitful interchange of ideas & personal NEWS SERVICE (page 6) Copy of Letter to Sardar Jagjit Singh Aug. 19, 1956 c/o Col Gurbax Singh TARN TARAN, Punjab, India page-6 I was told that an article concerning my activities was published in English at either Jullundur or Ambala, about five months ago. I do not know which and have no ides who wrote it or what it was about. Could you keep a sharp look-out for anything published in Punajb relative to the Gadar Party or any of its members, including myself, and send me a copy? Many thanks. Sometime ago a complete copy of my poems published in the “Hindustand Gadar” From 1913 to 1928 were delivered to my daughter, Bebe Satwant Kaur and her husband Sardar GIani Singh “Ragi” 1936 Chauk Krori, Amritsar. Would it ever be possible for you to drop in on them when in Amritsar and take a look at the collection and tell me, if in your estimation they are worth publishing? The thoughts expressed in them may not fit NOW into the modern picture, but they still have historic value and faithfully depict the conditions INDIA faced not so long ago. Again let me congratulate you for your diligent effort in writing your book. It is very thought-provoking and points to the right direction. With personal regards and JAI HIND!!! (Bhagwan Singh Gyanee) PS: The date of my contact eith the Japanese and Turkish Embassies in the last letter was 1919 and not 1917. Kindly correct same. Thanks. (BSG)

PROVENANCE
Collection: Bhagwan Singh Gyanee Materials
Donor: S.P. Singh
Digitizer: Anne Vagts, Samip Mallick
Item History: 2012-08-05 (created); 2013-05-03 (modified)

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