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Strain in India-Canada ties

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    20th Sep, 2023

Context:

After the recent accusations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against the Indian government, where he accused India of violating Canada's sovereignty on allegations of Indian government agents' involvement in the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was associated with the Khalistan Tiger Force, has escalated tension between both the Nations.

Accusations and Denials

  • Recent Sovereignty Violation: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of violating Canada's sovereignty during a recent parliamentary session.
  • Counterclaims by New Delhi: The Canadian government's response to these allegations included the expulsion of an Indian diplomat, escalating tensions between the two countries.
  • Khalistan's Ongoing Influence: The controversy surrounding Khalistan, a separatist movement advocating for an independent Sikh state has continued to cast a long shadow over the relationship between Canada and India.

Domestic Politics and Extremism

  • Appeasing Extremist Elements: Trudeau's accusations against India are perceived as an attempt to pander to the radical Sikh diaspora in Canada.
  • Neglecting Indian Concerns: Pro-Khalistan groups openly threaten Indian diplomats and glorify violence, exacerbating tensions.
  • Political Calculations: Trudeau's shift in stance is viewed as a response to declining popularity, exploiting divisive issues for domestic political gain.

The Need for Reconciliation

  • Contrasting Alliances: This divergence in diplomatic relations highlights Canada's unique position and the need for a balanced approach in its foreign policy.
  • Emphasis on Strong India-Canada Ties: Strengthening this bond is vital for both nations, and it could yield mutual benefits in various areas, including trade, diplomacy, and cultural exchange.
  • Resolution through Dialogue: It emphasizes that the interests of both Canada and India are intertwined, highlighting the urgency of mending their relationship for the benefit of both nations.
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