In India, there is still a lingering memory of the ten-year armed Sikh rebellion Nijjar, which peaked in the 1980s and resulted in thousands of fatalities. Therefore, many Indians responded violently when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed Delhi was responsible for the assassination of a Canadian Sikh leader.
According to Mr. Trudeau, the Indian state investigated over “credible allegations potentially linking” it to the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a well-known advocate for a separate Sikh homeland who shot dead on June 18 in British Columbia (BC).
The assertion has deemed “absurd” by India.
Indian experts, political commentators, and politicians have been voicing their opinions on social media as Delhi and Ottawa engage in their worst-ever diplomatic spat.
The top three trends on X (previously Twitter) have been Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
One user said that Delhi had responded to Canada in a “befitting manner,” and another claimed that the government had “put Trudeau in his place.”
The “savage reply” that India sent to Canada has described as having “thrashed” and “hit back” in headlines on some of India’s most renowned news websites.
There should be “no compromise of any kind in our country’s fight against terrorism,” according to the major opposition Congress party in India, which has recently been seldom in agreement with the administration.
Why do some Sikhs want their own state?
A well-known Sikh separatist leader named Mr. Nijjar fatally shot in his car by two masked assailants on a busy June day in Surrey, a city approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Vancouver. Surrey is home to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara.