Justin Trudeau is known for keeping Canada peaceful, despite elements of diverse cultures present in it. The popular Prime Minister attends events of different religions to promote harmony without favoring or distinguishing one from other. So, when he recently attended an Khalistan event, things took a dramatic turn with India condemning his presence!
On April 30, Trudeau addressed a parade for ‘Khalsa Day’, which included floats glorifying Sikh militant leaders Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Amreek Singh and former General Shahbeg Singh who were killed in the siege of the Golden Temple and Operation Bluestar in June 1984.
India has retaliating because in the Khalsa day event, two legislators, who had authored a motion in the Ontario Assembly calling the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as “genocide”, were felicitated. On top of it, photographs of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, considered a terrorist by India, was displayed during the event.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay said,
“We have taken up such issues in the past with the government of Canada, and in this particular instance, without getting into details, I can tell you the practice has not been discontinued.”
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh stated,
“Harjit Sajjan (Canada’s defence minister) is a Khalistani sympathiser and so was his father. There were, in fact, five ministers in the Justin Trudeau government who were Khalistani sympathisers and I will not have any truck with them.”
Over this comment, Canadian High Commission said, it greatly values its relationship with the people and the government of Punjab, and look forward to further advancing this relationship. India has been growing wary about anti-India elements in Canada it a “misguided motion based on a limited understanding of India, its constitution, society, ethos, rule of law and its judicial process.”