The joyous occasion of Diwali, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, was celebrated not only in India but across the globe on Sunday. However, amidst the festivities, the strained relationship between Canada and India, exacerbated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, took center stage as he extended Diwali and Bandi Chor Diwas wishes to Hindus and Sikhs worldwide.
Trudeau took to Twitter to share two separate posts, featuring images of Diwali and Bandi Chor Divas celebrations in Brampton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Etobicoke. It’s worth noting that Trudeau’s recent comments hinting at Indian involvement in the murder of Khalistan separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the chief of Khalistan Tigers Force, have added fuel to the international fire.
Against this backdrop, concerns are growing about the situation in Canada, with the Sikh organization Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) expressing serious discontent. SFJ issued a warning, urging all Hindus to leave Canada immediately. The organization set forth an ultimatum, citing their departure as a response to the alleged promotion of violence in support of India regarding Nijjar’s murder.
Recent events have heightened tensions, particularly during Diwali celebrations, as pro-Khalistan campaigners targeted the festivities. Reports emerged of stone-pelting incidents during Diwali celebrations in Brampton, captured in viral videos. Police efforts to intervene and stop those hurling stones were documented, stirring outrage among netizens.
The incident is particularly troubling as it is being labeled by Canadian media as a clash between Sikhs and Hindus. Public sentiment reflects concern over the clear religious bias behind the attack on Hindus celebrating Diwali. The international community watches closely as these events unfold, hoping for a resolution to the escalating tensions between Canada and India.