India rebukes Canada over ‘celebration’ of Indira Gandhi’s assassination

New Delhi: Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar condemned Canada’s apparent tolerance of pro-Khalistan elements after visuals surfaced of a parade float in Brampton depicting the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“India fails to understand why Canada gives space to separatists and extremists, other than vote bank politics,” Jaishankar said.

The foreign minister’s sharp reaction comes after a video emerged on social media showing a float depicting the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The float was reportedly part of a 5-km long parade taken out by Khalistani supporters in Canada’s Brampton.

The video, whose authenticity could not independently verified, is believed to be from a parade taken out in Brampton by Khalistan supporters on June 4, just days before the 39th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on June 6.

India formally expressed its displeasure to the Canadian government over the incident. India’s High Commission in Ottawa sent a formal note to Global Affairs Canada (GAC), describing the occurrence as “not acceptable”.

Canadian High Commissioner in India Cameron MacKay came on record to condemn the depiction of Indira Gandhi’s assassination at the Brampton event, saying that there is “no place for hate or glorification of violence in Canada”.

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