Recent Tensions and Diplomatic Expulsions in India-Canada Relations

Recent India-Canada relations marked by tensions and diplomatic expulsions. Recently, India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in response, and Canada expelled an Indian diplomat.

  1. Tensions escalated after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted at a link between the Indian government and the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
  2. The tensions are centered around the Sikh independence movement, known as the Khalistan movement.
  3. India has accused Canada of sheltering Khalistani activists.
  4. The killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, on June 18, 2023., who supported the demand for a Sikh homeland in India’s northern state of Punjab, further strained relations between the two countries.

Q.: What was the trigger for the escalation in tensions between India and Canada?

a) A trade dispute
b) The assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar
c) A diplomatic visit
d) A cultural exchange program

Ans : b) The assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar

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