If Canadian nationals want to come to India, India says visa services are suspended due to operational reasons.
— Karthik Reddy (@bykarthikreddy) September 21, 2023
It was very obvious that this was going to totally collapse relations with India.
There wasn’t even any evidence the Indian state was responsible for this. It could have been anyone. Separatist leaders tend to be people with lists of enemies, as a general rule – both personal and political.
But Trudeau wanted to go out there and grandstand about his morality.
Relations between India and Canada have further deteriorated after Delhi announced it was suspending visa services for Canadians due to “security threats” faced by its embassy and consulates in Canada.
BLS International, which runs the Indian visa offices in Canada, put a notice on its website stating that all visa services for Canadians were suspended until further notice, citing “operational reasons”.
Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for India’s foreign ministry, confirmed the suspension at a media briefing, mentioning “the incitement to violence, the inaction by the Canadian authorities and the creation of an environment that disrupts the functioning of our high commission and consulates” as the reason.
India has long levelled allegations that Canada was providing safe haven for what it says are “terrorists” from the Khalistan movement, a Sikh independence group banned in India. Canada has the largest population of Sikhs outside their home state of Punjab.
It was the latest retaliatory move by India’s foreign ministry in response to the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation this week that there was “credible evidence” Delhi had been involved in the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Colombia in June.
India rejected the allegations as “absurd” and in the aftermath the two countries engaged in a tit-for-tat expulsion of top diplomats.
Bagchi on Thursday spoke damningly of Canada as a place where “elements linked to organised crime, linked to terrorists, secessionists, or extremists who are operating freely, they are being politically condoned, they seem to have a free run”.
Rebuffing questions on whether New Delhi’s reputation had been marred by the accusations of its role in the assassination of Nijjar, Bagchi said that “if there is any country that needs to look at this, it is Canada and its growing reputation as a safe haven for terrorists.”
On Wednesday, India updated its travel advisory for Canada, warning its citizens residing and travelling in the country to take “extreme caution” due to “growing anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes” in Canada.
Why did Canada turn against India???
Very strange move.
Basically, the rest of the West has to go along with this.
India is going to be demanding that US and Europe take some kind of stance on the Trudeau Jihad.
India is going to grow closer to China because of this.