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A large number of Indians came to the US in the 1910s abd 1920s not just from India but from Hong Kong and other areas in Asia as well Some Indians came as students touniversities such as the University of California at Berkeley It was during this period that the British and the US government started cooperating to limit Indian immigration This policywas tested when the British informed the US authorities that a ship called the Komagatu Maru was headed to the US from Hong Kong with about 375 Indians When the Maru arrivedat Angel Island the port of entry which holds terrible memories for Asian immigrants the AEL Asian Exclusion Leage had organized a huge mob to prevent the offloading of anyIndians The people on the ship were denied food and water for days and were prevented from landing Finally in exchange for food and water they were turned away The Indian population in the US and Canada grew very slowly during this period It consisted mostly of students coming to study at universities These students organizedthemselves into a few associations Some of them supported the cause of Indian freedom from the British while some were loyalists to the British The British stationed a full time secretagent named Hopkinson to monitor their activities and to influence the US government into deporting the freedom seekers The deportees were usually prosecuted by the British in IndiaHopkinson developed an efficient network of spies and was very successful in deporting a number of Indian leaders on the pretext that they were planning a revolution in India It wasunder these circumstances that the Ghadhar party was formed in the US to support Indian freedom They published newspapers for distribution in India that openly called for a freedomstruggle against the British An ongoing battle of wits raged between these Indians and the British-Americans Hopkinson was assassinated in an American courtroom when he wastestifying against an Indian for deportation
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