India Canada Tension: A situation of tension has persisted between India and Canada for several months. Relations between the two countries deteriorated after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made allegations regarding the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The Indian government also retaliated by giving an ultimatum to many Canadian diplomats present in India to leave the country, after which 41 diplomats were sent to other countries. Amidst the ongoing tension between the two countries, the Modi government has given a strong message to Canada. Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who attended the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2023 (HTLS), made it clear that Canada has spoiled these relations and this is not going to harm India but Canada itself.
Piyush Goyal was also questioned on Canada issue in HTLS 2023. To this he replied bluntly, “We have not stopped any talks with Canada.” He has stopped. There is some confusion among the people about their leaders. These misconceptions are without any basis. This will harm them, not India. Our market has increased. Now Canada and its economy will bear the brunt.” Apart from this, Piyush Goyal also said that our discussions with the UK are ongoing and going well. In that, we Jaishankar and Nirmala ji together take decisions in the interest of the country. The decision is taken after consulting the people. These are not the old FATAs, which were signed during the time of Congress, which people of Indian industry abuse daily that we have not got a fair deal. There will be no criticism of all the FTAs that we have done.
Relations between India and Canada deteriorated
Khalistani movements have increased in Canada in the last few years. Many Khalistani supporters have held pro-Khalistan demonstrations in Canada from time to time. Regarding this, when Justin Trudeau came to India during G-20, PM Modi also raised this issue in the conversation and spoke very harshly. Later in September, Trudeau created an uproar by giving a statement in Parliament. He had said that Indian agencies were involved in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. He had said that Canadian intelligence agencies have received information that Indian agents may be behind this murder. After this the relations between the two countries deteriorated further. However, the Indian government has clearly denied these Canadian allegations. Nijjar was shot dead by two gunmen outside the Gurudwara.