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India Condemns Canada Over Politically Condoned Hate Crimes

India Condemns Canada : Strong Statement Amid Diplomatic Row, foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi Said- There is a feeling that these are part of freedom of expression, so these are condoned… there is a concern and we have flagged it.

New Delhi, 21 September(City Times):India Condemns Canada: India, in one of its strongest statements about the Canada government amid the ongoing diplomatic row, spoke of “politically condoned hate crimes” today. “There is a feeling that these are part of freedom of expression, so these are condoned… there is a concern and we have flagged it,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

Tensions Rise Following Canadian Prime Minister’s Statement

The pointed statement was a reference to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who, during his visit to India for the G20 conference, had told reporters that Canada will always “defend freedom of expression… conscience and peaceful protest,” Mr. Trudeau had said. It will also “prevent violence and push back against hatred,” he had said. (India Condemns Canada)

Allegations and Diplomatic Fallout

The diplomatic row that broke out following Canada’s allegation that Indian government agents are involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen. Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force and one of India’s most-wanted terrorists and was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen on June 18.(India Condemns Canada)

India’s Response

India has strongly refuted the allegations. The government also ejected a Canadian diplomat and issued a travel advisory about security risks in Canada in a tit-for-tat move. Indian citizens living in Canada and those traveling there were asked to exercise “utmost caution” in view of growing anti-India activities and “politically-condoned” hate crimes — a move that brought vehement denials from the Justin Trudeau government.

India Asks Canada to Downsize Diplomatic Presence

Today, the government asked Canada to downsize their diplomatic presence in India, saying the Canadian diplomatic presence is larger than what India has and needs to be downsized.

Visa Services Temporarily Halted

Visa services for Canada have also been temporarily halted as mission personnel are unable to function because of the security environment.

Lack of Evidence and Ongoing Conversations

Declaring that Canada’s allegations are politically driven, the foreign ministry said today that the Canadian authorities have not provided any evidence.

“We are willing to look at any specific information… (but) no specific information has been shared by Canada on Nijjar’s case,” Mr. Bagchi said.

India, he added, has shared evidence with Canadian authorities about anti-India activities from Canadian soil. “We are having ongoing conversations with friends and partners,” he added.

Key Points to Highlight:

  • India condemns Canada for “politically condoned hate crimes.”
  • Tensions rise following Canadian Prime Minister’s statement on freedom of expression.
  • Allegations of Indian government involvement in a Canadian citizen’s murder.
  • India refutes allegations and takes diplomatic actions.
  • India asks Canada to downsize its diplomatic presence.
  • Temporary halt of visa services for Canada.
  • Lack of evidence provided by Canada, ongoing conversations continue.

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