The assassination of a Sikh separatist on Canadian soil has escalated into a diplomatic crisis between Canada and India.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that Ottawa had credible allegations linking Indian government agents to the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
Born in India, Nijjar moved to Canada in 1997 and subsequently obtained Canadian citizenship. He advocated for the creation of Khalistan, an independent homeland for Sikhs in India’s Punjab state. The Indian government had labelled him as a terrorist, and accused him of planning violent attacks and leading a terrorist organisation. Nijjar was shot dead outside a temple in a Vancouver suburb.
Trudeau's accusation prompted an angry reaction from India. Both countries expelled each other's ambassadors, and India suspended visa processing for Canadian citizens, particularly from the Sikh and Indo-Canadian communities.
How will this diplomatic conflict be resolved? Both countries are important allies of the US. How will the US respond?
In this episode of Global Heartbeat podcast, Associate Professor of international politics at India’s FLAME University, Roger Chi-feng Liu, shares his insights with host Han Yong Hong.
Hosted by Lianhe Zaobao’s Associate Editor, Han Yong Hong, Global Heartbeat is a Mandarin weekly news and current affairs podcast that is updated every Tuesday, 7.00 PM SGT. It is available on zaobao.sg, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms.