What does the slaying of a Sikh activist — and Canadian citizen — on Canadian soil have to do with China?
A lot, actually, in terms of geopolitical efforts to counter growing Chinese power. Saira Bano explains how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation of Indian involvement in the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh independence advocate, may complicate western efforts to bring China to heel.
Canada and its allies have been building closer ties with India, she writes, in an effort to counter-balance China’s growing economic and political power. While the US, the UK and France, among other allies, aren’t expected to join Canada’s stand against India, Bano argues the dispute raises serious concerns about Narendra Modi’s authoritarian tendencies that must not be ignored by the West.
For her part Stuti Bhatnagar unpacks the complex history of the Khalistan movement and its campaign for a separate Sikh state in India.