/ 26 September 2023

Sikhs concerned by the Canada-India clash

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Canada’s relationship with India has descended into a full-blown diplomatic crisis after PM Justin Trudeau last week accused the latter of being behind the murder of a local Sikh leader… Punjabi Sikhs say they’re now worried about potential backlash from the Indian government, and one man says there are “a lot of rumours swirling around” that Canada might shut down future visa prospects. Canada’s made no mention of that, but it would be a big deal because the country is home to the world’s largest Sikh population outside of Punjab. To remind you what led up to this: activist/Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot outside a temple near Vancouver in June, and last week, Trudeau said it was because of his advocacy for a separate state for Sikhs. People with those ‘separatist’ views are considered extremists/terrorists in India. Trudeau said Canada is “pursuing credible allegations” of a link between India’s government and the killing – a position Indian officials have called “absurd”.

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