New Delhi. External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar expressed criticism against Canada regarding a pro-Khalistani parade that celebrated the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He emphasised his concern over the space provided to separatists, highlighting its negative impact on the relationship between the two countries.
The EAM also added that “I think there is a bigger issue involved. Frankly, we are at a loss to understand other than the requirements of vote-bank politics, why anybody would do this. I think there is a larger underlying issue about the space which is given to separatists, extremists, and people who advocate violence. I think it is not good for relationships, not good for Canada.”
According to media reports, a 5km-long parade organised by Khalistani supporters took place ahead of the 39th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, which took place on June 6, 2023. The parade featured Khalistani flags and posters displaying the word ‘Revenge.’
Following the circulation of a video showcasing the parade tableau, the Canadian High Commissioner in India, Cameron MacKay, condemned the celebration. He expressed his dismay at the event, firmly stating that there is no room for hate in Canada.
I am appalled by reports of an event in Canada that celebrated the assassination of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. There is no place in Canada for hate or for the glorification of violence. I categorically condemn these activities.
— Cameron MacKay (@HCCanInd) June 7, 2023