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Canada, India and the slaying of a Sikh activist

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2023

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.

Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

Justin Trudeau’s India accusation complicates western efforts to rein in China

Saira Bano, Thompson Rivers University

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations that India was involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen complicates efforts by Canada and its allies to woo India to counter-balance Chinese might.

Explainer: what is the Khalistan movement sparking a diplomatic feud between India and Canada?

Stuti Bhatnagar, Australian National University

India has long accused Canada of giving safe haven to separatists seeking a Sikh homeland in Punjab state – an accusation the Trudeau government denies.

Somalia’s voice of hope: a tribute to Axmed Naaji, legendary singer and trailblazing composer

Mohamed Haji Ingiriis, King's College London

For six decades he was a household name in urban Somalia.