Khalistan Referendum in Canada | India warns Canada over Khalistan referendum

India warns Canada over Khalistan referendum
  • On Thursday, India had reacted sharply to the “so-called Khalistan referendum” in Canada, saying it was “deeply objectionable” that such a “politically motivated” activity by extremist elements was allowed to take place in a friendly country.
  • The Khalistan referendum is demand of carving out a separate country from Punjab. “Once there is a consensus within the Punjabi people that independence from India is desired, we [Sikhs for Justice) will then approach the UN and other international forms and bodies with the goal of re-establishing Punjab as a nation state, Firstpost has reported citing Referendum 2020 website.

Voting took place recently:

  • Over 100,000 Canadian Sikhs took part in voting for the Khalistan Referendum in Brampton, Ontario on 19 September which was organised by pro-Khalistani group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). Visuals on social media showed a huge number of men, women queueing up to vote in for Khalistan Referendum. The SFJ was banned in India in 2019 as an unlawful association.
  • The Indian government had warned Canadian govt against the anti India forces growing in the country. However, the Canadian government refused to stop them from expressing their views by holding the Khalistan Referendum and linking it with a peaceful and democratic process within the legal parameters of the country’s laws.

Hindu Temple defaced :

  • Last week, a prominent Hindu temple was defaced by “Canadian Khalistani extremists” with anti-India graffiti in an apparent hate crime, Prompting the Indian mission to condemn the incident and urge authorities to take swift action against the perpetrators. Weekend Batch starting on 1st October, 11:00 AM SATURDAY –
  • Prior to that in August, Khalistan slogans were found painted on the walls of the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. This incident came as the outlawed Khalistani group issued a provocative statement in the wake of India’s 75th anniversary of independence.
  • Ahead of the Independence Day celebration in India, the Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu recently announced a cash reward for the hoisting of the Khalistani flag at key places.
  • Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament, Canada tweeted, “Vandalism of Toronto BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir by Canadian Khalistani extremists should be condemned by all. This is not just an isolated event. Canadian Hindu temples have been targeted in the recent past by these kinds of hate crimes. Hindu Canadians are legitimately concerned.
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