(MENAFN- AsiaNet News) Amidst growing tensions between India and Canada, Canadian authorities have issued a stern directive to a Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, known for its radical leanings. The officials have demanded immediate removal of all controversial banners that not only call for the assassination of three Indian diplomats but also glorify Khalistani terrorists.
This development underscores the complex socio-political dynamics surrounding the Sikh diaspora in Canada and its historical connection to the Khalistan movement-a campaign that seeks to establish an independent Sikh state in Punjab, India.
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While the majority of the Sikh community in Canada and around the world calls for peaceful coexistence and religious freedom, a small yet vocal faction continues to support Khalistani separatism, leading to tensions between Canada and India. These tensions often stem from the belief that some elements within the Canadian Sikh community provide tacit support to extremist activities.
In response to this situation, authorities are emphasizing the importance of respecting diplomatic norms and maintaining peaceful relations between the two nations. Removing provocative banners and refraining from glorifying terrorists is seen as a critical step in promoting dialogue and understanding rather than fueling further discord.
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The ongoing efforts to address these contentious issues highlight the need for open and constructive conversations within the Sikh diaspora, both in Canada and across the globe, to foster a peaceful coexistence and resolution of long-standing grievances.
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