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Trudeau is running a minority government for the second consecutive time, his chair rests on the crutches of Khalistan.

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Prime Team, New Delhi. Relations between India and Canada have been strained ever since Justin Trudeau became the Prime Minister of Canada. The reason being Trudeau’s repeated “love for Khalistan”. While supporting Khalistan, Trudeau finally reached the point where he became Khalistan’s puppet. This romance with Khalistan is also seen as Trudeau’s electoral compulsion. But, Trudeau’s audacity to start such a big conflict with a country like India for the sake of domestic politics has baffled even the pundits of diplomacy.

More than 14 lakh people of Indian origin live in Canada. Out of the population of less than four crore here, 1.3 percent people speak Punjabi. Trudeau considers it as his vote bank and to strengthen it he repeatedly supports Khalistan. But on Monday, Trudeau crossed all limits by directly accusing India of the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Vishnu Prakash, a former Indian Foreign Service officer who was ambassador to Canada, says, such an absurd allegation without any evidence against the world’s largest democracy is unbelievable and shocking. It also shows to what extent Khalistani elements influence Canadian politics. This could also be a futile attempt to divert attention from the anti-India activities of separatists operating from Canadian soil.

Defense affairs expert and Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) J.S. Sodhi says, the Canadian government has made baseless allegations against India without any evidence. It has come to light in many media reports that Nijjar died in a gang war. The Canadian government should have provided evidence to India before making allegations. This evidence should have been put on the world stage. This reflects Trudeau’s mentality of nurturing and supporting Khalistanis.

Experts are also surprised by the way Canada responded in this matter. Former Lieutenant General Mohan Bhandari says, in international relations no nation is neither a permanent friend nor a permanent enemy. There are many ways to express displeasure between countries through diplomacy. The statement given by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the killing of Khalistani terrorist is a very petty act.

Justin Trudeau has inherited pro-Khalistan thinking. Support for Khalistan was started for the first time by the Canadian government when his father Pierre Trudeau was the Prime Minister. In 1982, he had refused to extradite Khalistan terrorist Talwinder Parmar from Canada on the pretext that India does not consider Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as the head of state.

Justin Trudeau has been expressing his support for Khalistan since becoming the Prime Minister of Canada in 2015. After falling short of majority in the 2019 elections, he formed the government with the support of the New Democratic Party (NDP). The head of NDP is Jagmeet Singh, who supports Khalistan Movement. Justin Trudeau had held mid-term elections in 2021 in the hope of getting a majority, but he did not get a majority in that too.

Mohan Bhandari says, why did the Prime Minister of Canada do this? We have to understand that there are approximately 8 lakh voters from the Sikh community in Canada. These votes are very important for Justin Trudeau. On the other hand, even today his Liberal Party also has the support of pro-Khalistan Sikh leaders. In such a situation, it will not be easy for them to take any action against the Sikhs involved in terrorist activities in Canada.

Raising questions on the Canadian government, Sodhi says, the surprising thing is that referendums on Khalistan keep happening in Canada. Till now, support for Khalistan has been talked about countless times in Canada. The Canadian government keeps supporting it secretly. The efforts of the Canadian government to stop this are inadequate.

Canada has no strategic importance for India, but economically the interests of both the countries are linked. Vishnu Prakash says, India and Canada are natural partners. Our economies complement each other. Canadian pension funds have invested approximately US$70 billion in India. More than 200,000 Indians study in Canada. In such a situation, it is hoped that both sides will find a solution as soon as possible.

Bhandari says, India has made it clear that it is not going to adopt a soft stance in the matter of Khalistani terrorists. If Canada takes any step at the diplomatic level, India is also fully prepared to respond to it. In such a situation, tension between India and Canada may increase further in the future. However, if there is a change of government in Canada in the coming days, then the dispute between India and Canada will automatically end gradually. The next election in Canada is to be held in 2025.

Posted By Skand Vivek Dhar

This post originally appeared on www.jagran.com

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