Canada issue

Last Update: 30/09/2023 IST

S. Jaishankar, the Indian minister for external affairs, recently spoke with US officials on the Canada issue and summarized India's worries. Concerns over the ongoing diplomatic dispute between India and Canada were voiced by Jaishankar. Allegations against Canada: During the meeting with US officials, the subject of Canadian allegations came up.  

Extremism and organized crime: According to Jaishankar, Canada has experienced a significant amount of organized crime related to separatist groups, violence, and extremism. Sharing of intelligence: According to reports, information regarding the murder was shared within the Five Eyes alliance, including Canada. Jaishankar highlighted the value of upholding territorial integrity and refraining from meddling in other people's internal issues. 

The recent diplomatic difficulties between India and Canada are referred to as the "Canada issue." After charges of "potential" Indian agent participation in the murder of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil were made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the situation deteriorated. These accusations have been dismissed by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as "absurd and motivated." Both nations have responded to the diplomatic issue in a number of ways, including by expelling diplomats and issuing travel warnings.

Canada-India Issue: S Jaishankar challenges Trudeau to provide evidence that India killed Nijjar. What caused the deadlock between India and Canada and what issues it presents. Canadian Sikh Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who presided over a gurdwara in British Columbia and was a prominent figure in the Khalistan movement, died on June 18, 2023. In the middle of the 1990s, he moved to Canada. As the head of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara (temple) in Surrey, British Columbia, and a supporter of Sikh secession, Nijjar rose to prominence in 2019.

Additionally, he was affiliated with Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), which he led in launching its 2020 Khalistan Referendum campaign. Nijjar was shot and died on June 18, 2023, in the British Columbia parking lot of a Sikh temple. A diplomat from India was expelled from Canada as a result of the murder. In retaliation, the Indian foreign ministry removed a prominent Canadian official and denied any participation in the murder.

By establishing an ethno-religious sovereign state called Khalistan in the Punjab region, the separatist Khalistan movement hopes to provide Sikhs a place to call home. Some believe that Khalistan should encompass the whole Sikh-majority Indian state of Punjab, while others make more expansive claims that include Pakistan's Punjab and other regions of North India like Chandigarh, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. The movement began in the 1930s as British rule in India was about to come to an end.  

The movement gained traction in the Sikh-majority Indian state of Punjab during the 1970s and 1980s, but it was unsuccessful in achieving its goal because of things like harsh police crackdowns on separatists, intra-faction fighting, and disillusionment among the Sikh populace.


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