Thursday, 13 June 2024, 09:51:42 pm

Sikhs have been struggling for the creation of their separate homeland in India

Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Analyst): The action of Canadian government against India at the diplomatic level is significant. It has gained the attention of world media. This development has shown the world that India is involved in nefarious activities in various countries of the world. Canada hosts a large number of Sikh diaspora and Khalistan movement has been very strong there. Sikhs have been struggling for the creation of their separate homeland in India and in recent years they have held referendums in other countries. Sikhs have faced persecution at the hands of successive Indian governments, especially since 1984 when the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. Sikhs still remember the Operation Blue Star in which a large number of Sikhs were killed by Indian security forces. Now, they want to create their separate homeland, Khalistan, where they could live and exercise their faith with freedom. The Modi-led government has also intensified its crackdown against Sikhs not only in India but also against the Sikh diaspora in other countries.