Trudeau government moves to mend fences with India over Sikh tensions

Posted In: News Date:Feb 19th, 2018

The Trudeau government is reaching out to mend fences with an Indian politician who has accused it of including Sikh separatists in its cabinet.

Capt. Amarinder Singh is an Indian war hero and chief minister — or head of government— of the state of Punjab. Singh is a Sikh, and he runs India's only majority-Sikh state. But he's also an implacable enemy of the separatists who have tried to break away from India to form a Sikh nation they called Khalistan.

Last year, Capt. Singh refused to meet Canada's Punjabi-born defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, accusing him of Khalistani and "anti-India" sympathies."I find that absolutely ridiculous, and us being sucked into some internal politics," the minister said. "I've been a police officer. I've served my country. Any allegations like that are absolutely ridiculous, and I find it extremely offensive as well."