Khalistan Freedom rallies are going to be held on July 8. Gurpatwant Pannu of Sikhs for Justice has announced that rallies will be held in front of Indian embassies around the world on July 8.
Since the beginning of this year in Canada, there have been three such incidents in which pro-Khalistan groups have carried out public activities. Also, at the Sikh Khalsa Day parade in May, images depicted the 1984 assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards.
The Indian government has consistently condemned these incidents. But in Canada, such incidents are appearing more than before, and Trudeau government just keeps their eyes closed.
In the current incident, posters against Indian diplomats have come out, after which controversy has arisen again. The poster prepared in this regard had pictures of Indian diplomats, and their phone numbers were also written. On top of the picks, they put the guns and knives. The Government of India has also taken strict notice of this poster.
The foreign minister said, "We have partner countries like Canada, America, Britain, and Australia, where Khalistani activities sometimes take place. We have requested that they not give space to Khalistani." External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said that such an ideology is not good for any country or mutual relations.
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joy emphasized Canada's commitment to the safety of diplomats under the Vienna Conventions. Canada is staying in touch with Indian officials concerning online content related to a protest on July 8. This content is not acceptable. "We understand that the actions of a few don't represent the whole community or Canada," she added.
Murder of Harjit Singh Nijhar
45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijhar, who is wanted by Khalistan supporters and the Indian government in several cases, has been murdered in Surrey, BC, Canada.
A survey about a handful of Khalistan supporters doing anti-India activities in Canada has revealed a big revelation. According to the Associated Times survey, only 2% of Indian immigrants from Punjab who live in Canada support the Khalistan agenda. While 98 percent of the people believe that anti-India elements are fueling the Khalistani agenda and that their purpose is to disturb the common people in Punjab, The respondents in the survey have also said that the money collected in Canada in the name of Khalistan is being misused for personal interests. The survey comes at a time when Khalistani supporters are in a frenzy after the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijhar in Canada and are about to defuse the situation by protesting in front of the Indian High Commission in Toronto on July 8.
The Associated Times survey has included several major areas of Canada where a large number of NRIs live. These include British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. In the survey, Punjabi Indians completely rejected Khalistan's propaganda and movement. They have made it clear in the survey that a small group of people are trying to fuel the Khalistan movement, raising doubts about the ulterior motives of this group.
The survey also revealed that some unemployed people are earning thousands of dollars by claiming that they are collecting money to support families struggling in Khalistan, India. Instead of sending this aid to India as promised, they are allegedly pocketing the donations personally. It is being told that fraud is being done on a large scale in the name of Khalistan. Some people are building houses and setting up businesses in Canada with ill-gotten gains. This revelation has shocked the entire community, raising questions about the real picture of the Khalistan movement in Canada. According to the new data available in 2021, about 1.4 million people of Indian origin lived in Canada. The number of Sikhs in the total population of Canada is 2.1 percent. According to the 2016 Canadian census, more than 500,000 Canadians reported Punjabi as their mother tongue, highlighting the significant presence of Punjabis in the country.
Politicians are using the Khalistani issue.
The survey results also revealed disturbing information about some high-profile Canadian politicians and individuals. The Associated Times has quoted people involved in the survey as saying that these people are allegedly using the Khalistan issue for personal gain, raising questions about their real intentions.
No one talks about Khalistan in Punjab. There is a debate about creating Khalistan in Punjab among people in Canada, the UK, and other countries. However, the people of Punjab are not in favour of it.
Actually, how it started, Sikhs settled abroad during the 1980s, when Punjab was plagued by terror and bloodshed. The Indian government and Khalistan extremists both did many bad things during that time. Both Sikhs and Hindus in Punjab suffered as a result. Some people believe that India is responsible for all the negative experiences they've had, and they think that Khalistan is the only solution. They rarely visit Punjab and India to see how things have changed.
Few supporters, like Punnu and others, have a desire for power. They attempt to brainwash individuals into backing the fictional Khalistan movement, aiming to gain political recognition and influence.
Politicians and the 1984 Sikh Genocide: Everyone desires peace. Politicians disrupt it. 1984 was a dark year in Indian history due to the Sikh genocide, with the government failing to take action. Rajiv Gandhi also made nonsensical statements about the incident. This clearly infuriated Sikhs. They've moved abroad. This movement won't burn their houses. They're spreading propaganda.
Sikhs have been known as the most patriotic community in India throughout history. They've given enough to the country. They have a good understanding of right and wrong. The 9th Sikh Guru is called 'Hind ki Chadar' for a reason.
Sikhs are proud to be an important part of India. They hold respected positions in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force, earned through hard work and love for their country. Skilled Sikhs excel in various fields such as medicine, IT, software, management, marketing, and engineering.
Khalistan caused bloodshed in Punjab from 1980 to 1988. Any Punjabi can fill you in on what happened then. Kashmir and Punjab were both in a state of extreme turmoil and violence. Don't consider Hindus or Sikhs in this context. Both Hindus and Sikhs were being killed indiscriminately. I know stories of Khalistan extremists killing Sikhs who didn't support or contribute to Khalistan. Punjab has experienced the reality of Khalistan. Punjabis don't want to go through that again.
Logical Sikhs and Punjabis They are aware of past events like Operation Blue Star, the 1984 genocide, the Khalistan movement, and more. They know that the 1984 genocide was committed by Congress party politicians, not by India. India is united against the culprits. They acknowledge the dark phase, but not all of India is bad. Similar incidents occurred involving Hindus and Muslims in 2002 and the 1980s in Punjab.
There will be ongoing security instability from both internal and external sources. It won't be Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Khalistan, but rather a Khalistan controlled by power-hungry individuals. Pakistan poses a constant threat. What if the Pakistani army invades Punjab with its advanced weapons? Could Khalistan have a chance, then? But now it’s too late, it’s very late.
Surjit Singh Flora is a veteran journalist and freelance writer based in Brampton Canada