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    A Murder That Sparked a Diplomatic Crisis

    enSeptember 22, 2023

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    • Canadian-Sikh Activist's Murder Causes International Diplomatic CrisisCanadian PM accuses India of involvement in murder of Sikh activist on Canadian soil, creating a diplomatic crisis. International community closely monitoring situation.

      The murder of a Canadian Sikh activist, Hardeep Singh Nejjar, in June 2023 at a gurdwara in Vancouver, Canada, has escalated into an international diplomatic crisis. Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, accused India of involvement in the killing, which India denies. The allegation has created shock waves and put other western democracies in a tricky position due to their good relations with both countries. The killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is a violation of sovereignty, and the potential involvement of a foreign government adds to the gravity of the situation. The murder occurred as Najjar was leaving the gurdwara after finishing his prayers, and he was shot multiple times by masked suspects. Najjar, who had lived in Canada for about 25 years and worked as a plumber, was seen as a community activist and advocate for human rights and free speech in Canada, but he was also known differently in India, where he grew up in the state of Punjab. The international community is closely monitoring the situation as leaders determine their stance and potential diplomatic actions.

    • History of Sikh separatism and persecution in IndiaThe history of Sikh separatism and persecution in India led to mass immigration of Sikhs to countries like Canada, where they advocated for an independent Sikh homeland called Kalistan. Despite violence and tensions, India's crackdown on separatists mostly succeeded by the 1990s.

      Hardeep Singh Najjar, a Sikh activist who advocated for an independent Sikh homeland called Kalistan, was seen as a terrorist in India but remembered differently in the United States. The idea of a separate Sikh homeland dates back to India's independence from British rule in 1947 and the subsequent division of Punjab between India and Pakistan. This division upset many Sikhs due to the separation of their holy sites and led to a long history of violence and separatist movements. The most notable episode was in 1984 when Indian security forces stormed a temple, resulting in hundreds of deaths and widespread violence against Sikhs. This violence continued with the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards and the ensuing riots. Sikhs, who faced persecution in India, immigrated to countries like Canada, where they found safety and advocated for independence. Canada is now home to the largest population of Sikhs outside of India. India's crackdown on Sikh separatists mostly succeeded by the 1990s, but the history of violence and tensions continue to impact the Sikh community.

    • Canada-India Relations Reach Tipping PointCanada's allegations against India in the killing of a Canadian Sikh activist led to diplomatic tensions, expulsion of diplomats, and travel advisories. Open communication and understanding are crucial to prevent conflicts.

      The relationship between Canada and India has reached a critical point due to Canada's allegations against India in the killing of a Canadian Sikh activist, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu. The tension escalated after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit. India denied the allegations and accused Canada of sheltering separatist extremists. The situation deteriorated further with both countries expelling each other's diplomats. India has also issued a travel advisory for its citizens visiting Canada. The situation highlights the complexity of diplomatic relations and the potential consequences of raising sensitive issues in international forums. It remains to be seen how the two countries will move forward from this point. The incident also underscores the importance of open communication and understanding between nations to prevent misunderstandings and potential conflicts.

    • Canada's allegations against India face muted response from alliesThe US's need to balance relationships with India and China may explain its cautious approach towards Canada's allegations against India, despite traditionally championing human rights and free speech.

      The muted response from Canada's allies, including the US, to Canada's allegations against India regarding the death of an Indian-origin farmer indicates a shift in India's global position. India's growing influence and the US's need to maintain a balanced relationship with India and China may be contributing to this cautious approach. The US, traditionally known for championing human rights and free speech, finds itself in an awkward position as it critiques some countries more harshly than others. The lack of concrete evidence from Canada and the ongoing investigation add to the complexity of the situation. The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan tried to downplay suggestions of a rift between the US and Canada, but the incident highlights the delicate balance the US must maintain in its international relationships. At this stage, Canada's allegations alone may not carry significant weight, as they are yet to be backed by solid evidence.

    • India's Reputation at Stake in Extrajudicial Killing Allegations, Crypto Founder Faces Fraud TrialIndia's reputation may suffer if extrajudicial killing allegations are proven true, while crypto founder Sam Bankman Fried faces fraud charges and trial

      The allegations of India carrying out an extrajudicial killing would significantly harm its reputation if proven true. This is because such actions would place India alongside countries known for human rights violations, like Russia and Saudi Arabia. On a different note, the founder of one of the largest crypto exchanges, Sam Bankman Fried, is facing fraud charges, accused of stealing billions from customers and investors. The collapse of his company, FTX, led to this revelation, and Bankman Fried now stands trial for these allegations. The trial begins in two weeks, and the Wall Street Journal will be covering it extensively. The story of Bankman Fried's transformation from a billionaire philanthropist to a defendant in a major fraud case is a fascinating one, and it will be explored in detail in the Journal's new series. The trial of crypto's golden boy is set to begin on September 24th, so stay tuned for updates.

    • Collaboration between Spotify and The Wall Street JournalThe Daily is a collaborative podcast between Spotify and The Wall Street Journal, combining resources and expertise to provide in-depth reporting, produced by a dedicated team of journalists and engineers.

      Learning from this episode of "The Daily" is the collaboration between Spotify and The Wall Street Journal in producing the journal. This partnership brings together the resources and expertise of both organizations to provide in-depth reporting on various topics. The show is produced by a team of dedicated journalists and engineers, with additional reporting from Paul Vieira and Shan Li. The team includes Annie Baxter, Katherine Brewer, Maria Byrne, Victoria Dominguez, Pia Gucari, Rachel Humphries, Ryan Knutson, Matt Kwong, Kate Linebaugh, Annie Minoff, Laura Morris, Enrique Perez De La Rosa, Sarah Platt, Allen Rodriguez Espinosa, Heather Rogers, Jonathan Sanders, Pierce Singh, Jivika Verma, Lisa Wang, Catherine Whelan, and Jessica Mendoza. The engineers for the show are Griffin Tanner, Nathan Singapak, and Peter Leonard, with help this week from Sam Baer. The theme music for the show is by So Wiley, and additional music is provided by Peter Leonard, Bobby Lorde, Emma Munger, Nathan Singapak, and Blue Dot Sessions. Fact checking for the show is done by Nicole. The team's hard work and dedication result in thought-provoking and informative episodes that keep listeners engaged and informed. Tune in Monday for the next episode of "The Daily."

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