Extremists who advocate for the Sikh homeland in India to gain independence continue to be an issue in Canada and other nations. Graffiti was scrawled on a well-known Hindu temple affiliated with the Swaminarayan movement on September 14 in Toronto, Canada.
In the UK and Canada, the Narendra Modi administration is considering options for sending a stern message to the two Commonwealth nations. While closely monitoring the growth of Sikh radicalization, attacks, and vandalism of Hindu religious icons.
According to reports, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar have paid close attention to the events in the UK and Canada. India's response will be proportionate to how aggravating the circumstances are.
India sees how British security agencies turned a blind eye to Sikh extremists' fund-raising efforts to fuel the secession movement. They protested to the UK authorities about the violence against the Indian community in Leicester. While the prohibited "Sikhs for Justice" organization held a purported referendum on September 19 in Brampton, Ontario, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau essentially turned a blind eye to it.
The Narendra Modi administration requested that the Trudeau administration halt the illegal referendum in three diplomatic messages to Global Affairs Canada (OTT/POL/453/1/2022, August 31, 2022, OTT/POL/103/01/2022, and OTT/Pol/453/01/2022). On September 16, the Trudeau administration responded to the Modi administration by stating that Canada respects India's territorial integrity and sovereignty and does not recognize this fictitious referendum.
However, PM Trudeau did not condemn the referendum that radicalized Sikhs planned. Although it might have appeared to be another in a long line of hate crimes committed by religious extremists against houses of worship, there is more to this instance. The Khalistan Movement has claimed responsibility for scores of other attacks in Canada and other countries. Moreover, it has been accused of carrying out the crime. Thus, the attack provides a chance to raise specific crucial queries, such as: What is the Khalistan Movement? Who are its backers, too?
The Khalistan Movement does not represent the majority of the Sikh community. Some Sikh intellectuals began dreaming of a third state for the Sikhs in the 1940s when Britain started planning the Partition and the construction of India and Pakistan as separate countries. This state would have included significant areas of what is now the Punjab state in India and the Punjab province in Pakistan. The projected Sikh nation was known as "Khalistan." But it soon became apparent that no political frameworks were in place to create an independent Sikh state.
The Khalistan Movement's operations in India were significantly curtailed by repression by the Indian security forces, although it was still active abroad. Two Sikh journalists who had denounced the Khalistan Movement were murdered in Canada in 1995 and 1998.
Edited by- Devnum Nagar
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