Indo-Canadian Claims: Canada Facilitated Khalistan Extremists in Resorting to Violence

Indo-Canadian Community Member Raises Concerns Over Khalistan Extremists in Canada

Canada is currently facing significant challenges due to the presence of Khalistan extremists who use violence and intimidation to promote their “nefarious agendas.” This alarming situation has been highlighted by a prominent member of the Indo-Canadian community, Ritesh Malik, who expressed deep concern over the enabling of these extremists within Canadian society.

In a recent interview with PTI, Malik cautioned against political appeasement for short-term gains, emphasizing that it is not in the best interest of Canada’s future. He stated, “It is very concerning for us as a country, as Canadians, the direction in which we are heading by granting freedom of expression to individuals who do not reciprocate that same freedom for others. Peace-loving Canadians do not support this extreme ideology, which does not belong in Canada.”

Malik acknowledged that the presence of Khalistan extremists in Canada contributes to the creation of divisions within society and disrupts communal harmony. He described their actions as part of a nefarious agenda that is damaging the relationship between Canada and India. Furthermore, he lamented the fact that these extremists use tactics such as bullying and threats to suppress dissenting voices.

While he acknowledged that some Sikhs in the US, Canada, and the UK have disavowed and rejected the Khalistan ideology, Malik stressed the need for a broader response from leaders and officials in government. He highlighted the importance of addressing these significant issues for the long-term interest of Canada, particularly regarding the potential impact on future generations and community cohesion.

The tensions between India and Canada have escalated following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusations last month that “Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing” of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. However, India swiftly rejected these allegations as baseless and motivated.

Malik also drew attention to the Air India Flight 182 bombing in 1985, where Sikh militants, in retaliation for the ‘Operation Blue Star,’ caused the explosion, resulting in the loss of all 329 lives on board. He expressed disillusionment with the fact that justice has not been served even after more than four decades. Malik emphasized that this ideology does not align with the values and beliefs of the Sikh community and called for accountability.

Regarding Canada’s relations with India, Malik highlighted the importance of recognizing the challenges the country faces, including economic recovery post-pandemic and the rising cost of living. He emphasized the need for closer collaboration with India, whose economy is growing, stating that it is in Canada’s best interest to work closely with countries like India and resolve any issues that may hinder economic benefits for Canadians.

Malik stressed the necessity of sincerely addressing the issues between the two countries while leaving aside short-term gains and political appeasement tactics. He expressed optimism about the progressive nature of the people on both sides and their desire for a flourishing relationship, exchange programs, and enhanced business opportunities. He urged that these issues should be resolved promptly to prevent further escalation.

In conclusion, Malik’s concerns over the presence and influence of Khalistan extremists in Canada shed light on the need for immediate action to preserve Canada’s long-term interests and maintain communal harmony. By addressing these issues sincerely and proactively, both Canada and India can work towards fostering a prosperous and mutually beneficial relationship.

Published On: Oct 10, 2023