This year is the year of Ghadar Party Centenary and it was being celebrated all over the world. Ghadar Party was formalised in America in 1913 with an aim to fight against racism and inhumane treatment Indian people were experiencing in America Canada and many other countries. They soon realised that such treatment was due to British Colonisation. They redirected their aim to work to free India from foreign rule that had impoverished Indian people that they had to travel thousands of miles away from the homeland in search of livelihood. Ghadar Party planned to take advantage of the First Wold War. They thought the perfect time for the revolution would be when Britain and its army would have been fully involved in the War. They organised a network all over India and persuaded the Indian army for mutiny in their individual barracks in the support of Ghadar revolution. Unfortunately, the British Government became aware of the plan in time and the Ghadar Party did not succeed in its aim. Ghadar Party activists were arrested in their hundreds, hanged, life imprisonment and their assets were taken into Government control leaving their families suffer financial hardship to the level of starvation, homelessness and so on.

JANAM performing in Derby

JANAM performing in Derby

Indian Workers’ Association (G.B), Derby Branch celebrated Ghadar Party Centenary on 15th June at the Indian Community Centre.More than 450 people from Indian Community took part. Jana Natya Munch (people’s theatre Group) – Street Theatre Group- travelled from India to specially perform in the centenary celebrations. Janam as they are popularly known, provided a thought provoking presentation on History of the Ghadar Party as well as different plays. The play ‘Yeh Dil Mangey More Guru Ji’ was based on Gujarat Riots where, in the name Ethnic Cleansing and for Hindu Nation, thousands of Muslims were massacred by Hindu extremists just because they were Muslims, same as in 1984 Sikhs in Delhi were murdered in the hands of Hindu extremists. The Second play ‘Ahinsa’ was bases on violence against women. The play illustrated how women are subject to violence from birth to death. Another play was ‘Yeh Hum Kyun Sahien’ (Enough is enough) – was based on industrial workers. The play illustrated how the workers are exploited, they are forced to work on less than a minimum wage, work on contracts and are not given permanent workers status while the industrialists profit margin, goes higher and higher.

The programme commenced with patriotic poems by Kulvinder Johal, and the new UK members of Janam; Roop and Sudesh also sang two songs. One was based on impoverishing Indian people under British Rule “Pagri sambhal Jatta “ and the other was based on female foeticide.

The Ghadar Party Centenary Celebration programme was conducted by Shangara Singh Gahonia, General Secretary of Indian Workers’ Association and was chaired by Harbhajan Singh Johal. The meeting was addressed by Harsev Bains, National General Secretary IWA GB and by Sharaz Khan, Deputy Mayor of Derby City Council.