Canada took a strict stance on the murder of Sikh activist “Hardeep Singh Nijjar” and accused the Indian government of this murder on Monday. Just after that, India-Canada tensions sparked the world.
But you might be wondering: What actually happened between the two? Indian PM Modi and Canadian President Justin Trudeau also met at the G20 summit. The body language of the two wasn’t fascinating, though.
India-Canada tension has also worsened the diplomatic relations between the two. The two are also strong allies of the UK and the USA. They are also urging India to support Canada in any way possible.
We’re going through all of this, and step by step, we’ll explain to you what made this all happen. Just be with us till the end of this India-Canada tension.
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Who is Hardeep Singh Nijjar?
He strongly believed in a separate state, Khalistan, for the Sikh people of India. He moved to Canada in 2007 due to threats he believed he was facing from the Indian government.
He gained recognition after he took the leadership of Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia. He’s been active throughout the time and was also associated with SFJ (Sikhs for Justice) and also did the Khalistan Referendum 2020.
He was shot dead in the parking lot of the Sikh temple in British Columbia on September 18, 2023. He was shot multiple times. But the Canadian government failed to arrest any.
Today in Surrey, Canada, thousands of Sikhs gathered to pay their last respects to Bhai Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the President of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib and a martyr who fought for Khalistan until his last breath. They vowed to continue the fight until Khalistan is achieved. pic.twitter.com/HrMS1RMRA4
— Pardeep singh ਪਰਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ (@khalsapardeep) June 26, 2023
How Actually Sparked the India-Canada Tension?
The whole India-Canada tension started when Canadian President Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of being involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen and Sikh activist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, on Monday, Sept. 18th.
Yeah, you heard it correctly. Canada took Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder, which we have discussed earlier, very seriously. It made the already struggling relations with India worse.
India and Canada were in talks of having free trade between the two. But now the tensions have grown so much that both willingly can’t control them.
Earlier, at the G20 summit, Canadian President Justin Trudeau shared his concerns about Sikh activist murder in Canada. But it has all gone in vain.
Then Trudeau took all of the matter into his own hands by taking it to the Canadian Parliament. And then the whole India-Canada tension started.
The fact that the Sikh population in Canada is roughly 2 percent, but it is the most after India,. Canada still hasn’t shown any evidence that proves the Indian government’s involvement in the Sikh activist murder.
How Did Both of Their Allies, the UK and the U.S., React?
Well, the initial response of both allies to the India-Canada tension is quite unbiased. Both of their allies are not very eager to take sides. India is a growing market, and Canada also has strong relationships. So, no one wants to spoil their relationship with both of them.
“We are consulting with Canada closely, and we support the efforts that they are undertaking in this investigation,” Sullivan (the United States National Security Advisor) said in the White House briefing on Thursday. “Moreover, we are also in contact with the Indian government.”
The UK also didn’t say anything or take any sides yet. They are just persuading both of the nations to help each other and solve this issue. We’ll be seeing more updates from officials soon. But for now, there isn’t anything special to discuss.
Recent Developments in the India-Canada Tension
Right after Truadeau’s announcement in the Canadian Parliament, Canada rushed to expel the Indian diplomat. And so India did a day after that.
It’s quite hard to accept the fact that Canada and India both trade billions of dollars with each other. Both were also in talks of free trade between the two.
But as of now, Canada has halted all trade with India. There’s not much till now, but we’ll see more development in fewer days. Stay connected with us to get more updates on this.
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