News Desk, 23 Sept – The Canadian government today issued a warning about what it called a “sharp spike in hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-India actions” and asked students entering the country to “be careful.”
According to the Foreign Ministry, cases of hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-Indian activities have been brought up with Canada, and the authorities have been urged to look into the crimes and take appropriate action. The perpetrators of these atrocities “have not yet been brought to justice in Canada,” according to a government statement.
There has been a significant increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-India actions in Canada, according to the warning for Indian nationals and students in Canada.
It advised “Indian nationals, Indian students studying in Canada, and Indians travelling to Canada for travel or education to take required caution and remain vigilant.” “In light of the rise in criminal incidences as previously reported.”
The government of India requested that all nationals and students register with the Indian mission in Ottawa or the consulates in Toronto and Vancouver. In the event of a need or emergency, this will “allow the High Commission and the Consulates General to better interact with Indian citizens in Canada,” according to the statement.
1.6 million non-resident Indians and individuals of Indian heritage living in Canada. More than 3% of Canadians belong to this group.
Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for the ministry of external affairs, had called the pro-Khalistan referendum on Thursday a “farcical exercise held by extreme and radical elements.” He claimed that diplomatic channels had been used to bring up the issue with the Canadian government. Even though the Canadian government has stated that it respects India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that it won’t recognize the fictitious referendum, this hasn’t been enough to allay Indian worries.
India considers it “very reprehensible that politically driven exercises by extreme elements are permitted to take place in a friendly country” like Canada, according to Bagchi.. The Indian government will keep putting pressure on the Canadian government.
The Indian side feels that the Justin Trudeau administration, which has a number of ministers with Indian ancestry, hasn’t gone far enough to allay Delhi’s worries regarding the actions of pro-Khalistan elements in Canada.
Khalistani elements allegedly vandalized the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto with recent anti-India graffiti. The Indian High Commission strongly condemned the incident after it happened last week and requested Canadian authorities to investigate it and immediately punish those responsibly.