Ottawa – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent allegations regarding the Indian government’s involvement in the shooting of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil have ignited a wave of controversy, drawing sharp criticism from the Indian community in Canada. While Trudeau maintains his stance, Indian community members in Canada are labeling his claims as “childish” and are demanding tangible evidence to substantiate his accusations.
The lack of public evidence to support Trudeau’s claims has left many puzzled and concerned within the Indian diaspora in Canada. Amandeep Singh Chabba, a member of the Indian community in Canada, expressed his frustration, stating, “Trudeau’s allegations are childish. All his talks are in the air. There are only one to two per cent extremists here in Canada, the rest of the Sikhs do not go with them. They have their own views.”
Chabba further emphasized the importance of providing concrete evidence for such serious allegations and called for a diplomatic resolution to prevent further polarization in India-Canada relations. “Trudeau’s actions make me want to cry,” he added.
Dr. Raj Jagpal, another community member, criticized the Canadian government for allegedly sowing division between the Hindu and Sikh communities in Canada. “This is very wrong. Trudeau should either resign or resolve the matter because there is no difference between Hindus and Sikhs. The government is creating this divide to get votes,” said Dr. Jagpal.
Manjeet Bir, an Indo-Canadian member of the community, expressed concerns about the situation, saying, “We pray to the government to maintain peace between both nations so that people remain happy. The Indian community in Canada is worried, praying day and night for things to get better.”
In response to Trudeau’s allegations, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar of India has assured the Canadian side that if specific information regarding Nijjar’s killing is provided, India is open to investigating the matter. Jaishankar also highlighted the importance of considering the broader context in assessing the situation.
The controversy surrounding Trudeau’s allegations has underscored the need for diplomatic dialogue and the importance of presenting credible evidence when making accusations of such gravity. As the Indian community in Canada and the Canadian government grapple with these complex issues, the hope remains that peaceful and amicable solutions can be reached to preserve the strong and harmonious relationship between the two nations.