More than 100,000 Canadian Sikhs took part in the September 19 Khalistan referendum vote in Brampton, Ontario, organized by the pro-Khalistan group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). Images on social media showed large numbers of men and women lining up to vote for the Khalistan referendum. The SFJ was banned as an illegal association in India in 2019. As part of its separatist agenda, the SJF is pushing for a referendum on Punjab independence to create a separate Khalistan. According to the HindustanTimes report, the Indian government had warned the Canadian government about the growing anti-India forces in the country.
However, the Canadian government refused to prevent them from expressing their opinions by holding the Khalistan referendum and linking it to a peaceful and democratic process within the legal parameters of the country’s laws.
The Khalistan referendum is a call for carving out a separate country from Punjab. “Once there may be a consensus in the Punjabi population that independence from India is desired, we [Sikhs for Justice] will then method the UN and different worldwide bureaucracy and our bodies with the purpose of re-organizing Punjab as a country state, according to Sikh Referendum Website.
It is evident that hate crimes against Indians Particularly Indian Hindus are growing in Canada. A few days ago Khalistani Extremist defaced a Hindu Temple in Canada.
The Indian High Commission tweeted, “We strongly condemn defacing of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto with anti-India graffiti. Have asked the Canadian government to research the incident and take set off motion on perpetrators.”
The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a spiritual, volunteer-pushed religion committed to enhancing society via person increase through fostering the Hindu beliefs of religion, unity, and selfless service.
We strongly condemn defacing of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto with anti-India graffiti. Have requested Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take prompt action on perpetrators. @MEAIndia @IndiainToronto @PIB_India @DDNewslive @CanadainIndia @cgivancouver— India in Canada (@HCI_Ottawa) September 15, 2022
Prior to that, during August, Pro Khalistan slogans were painted at the partitions of the Indian Consulate in San Francisco by some Khalistani miscreants, ANI reported. The report added a viral video circulating on social media confirming the wall of the Indian Consulate with the “Khalistan Zindabad” slogan.
Ministry of External Affairs Warned Indian Citizens Living in Canada our Planning to travel to Canada after Khalistan Referendum
Ministry of External Affairs issued an advisory for Indian Nationals and Students from India in Canada.
There has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate action. The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada.
In view of the increasing incidences of crimes as described above, Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant.
Indian nationals and students from India in Canada may also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in. Registration would enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any requirement or emergency.https://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/35746/Advisory_for_Indian_Nationals_and_Students_from_India_in_Canada
Advisory for Indian Nationals and Students from India in Canadahttps://t.co/dOrqyY7FgN pic.twitter.com/M0TDfTgvrG— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 23, 2022