'Our Position Is...': Canada Clears Air On Tableau Celebrating Indira Gandhi's Assassination

Ties between New Delhi and Ottawa have been strained since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of having a role in the killing of a separatist leader last year. Canada has not provided India with any evidence to back its allegations against New Delhi on the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia on June 18, 2023.
Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

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New Delhi: Cameron MacKay, the High Commissioner for Canada in India, reacted to the controversy over a float in Canada showing the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister, late Indira Gandhi. He stated that the promotion of violence is never acceptable in Canada. MacKay responded to a statement posted by Dominic A LeBlanc, the Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs in Canada, where he remarked that promoting violence is unacceptable.
In a statement posted on X, Cameron MacKay wrote, “The Government of Canada is aware of further imagery displayed in Brampton on Sunday. Canada’s position is clear: The promotion of violence is never acceptable in Canada.”
The float was put up by radicals as part of a protest on the 40th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, the military operation that removed armed Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple. The float featured an effigy of Indira Gandhi riddled with bullets along with two dummies of her assassins - Beant Singh and Satwant Singh.
Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.
Multiple incidents of Khalistani extremism have been reported in Canada, including the chanting of anti-India slogans, the display of threatening posters, and the vandalism of Hindu temples.
India issued a strong condemnation of the float used in the Nagar Kirtan parade in Ontario, stating that the "celebration and glorification of violence" should not be accepted in a "civilized society."
India has been repeatedly raising concerns over protests by Khalistan extremists in Canada.
Ties between New Delhi and Ottawa have been strained since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of having a role in the killing of a separatist leader last year. Canada has not provided India with any evidence to back its allegations against New Delhi on the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia on June 18, 2023.
The allegations, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said, were part of Trudeau's strategy to appease his voter base. "Canada did not give any proof. They do not share any evidence with us in certain cases, police agencies also do not cooperate with us. It is their political compulsion in Canada to blame India. As election is coming in Canada, they indulge in vote bank politics," S Jaishankar said during a press conference in May.
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