The Daily
The Daily
Sep 21, 2023
Canada Confronts India Over Alleged Assassination
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Warning: This episode contains descriptions of violence.

The relationship between two democratic allies fell to its lowest point in history this week, after Canada accused India of assassinating a Sikh community leader in British Columbia in June.

Mujib Mashal, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief, explains this stunning accusation — and what India’s reaction to it tells us about the era of its leader, Narendra Modi.

Guest: Mujib Mashal, The New York Times’s bureau chief for South Asia.

Background reading: 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said agents of India had assassinated a Sikh community leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was fatally shot in British Columbia in June.
  • Mr. Nijar was a prominent advocate of the creation of an independent Sikh nation that would include parts of India’s Punjab State.
  • The charge, which the Indian government has strongly rejected, may fuel a rift between Canada’s Sikhs and Hindus.

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