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Dr Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister was in his best of the elements when he addressed a full house of media persons on Thursday the 8th of June in the National Capital to mark the nine years of Modi’s rule.
He was straight and pointed on China, on Canada, on Afghanistan, giving hints on new and emerging world order with India focus and yes he also spoke about Rahul Gandhi giving him yet another message.
But first thing first – ( as aptly reported by the PTI) the External Affairs Minister warned Canada against giving space to separatists and extremists elements, saying it was not good for the bilateral ties, days after a video of a float, depicting the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, at a parade in Brampton went viral on social media.
Dr S Jaishankar said he has a similar message to the United Kingdom and Australia against allowing pro-Khalistani elements to operate from their territories.
On the issue of around 700 Indian students facing deportation from Canada due to fraudulent admissions, the external affairs minister said that India is in touch with Canada over it.
Asked about the Brampton event, the minister said,”I think there is a bigger issue involved. And the bigger issue involved really is the space that Canada has continuously and frankly, we are at a loss to understand other than the requirements of vote bank politics, why anybody would do this.”
“Because if you look at their history, you would imagine that they learn from history and they would not like to repeat that history. It is not only one incident, however egregious it may be,” Mr Jaishankar said.
“I think there is a larger underlying issue about the space which is given to separatists, to extremists, to people who advocate violence and I think it is not good for relationships and not good for Canada,” he added.
It should be noted that a video has apparently emerged on social media that showed a float depicting the assassination of Late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, in what appeared to be a glorification of violence by Sikh separatists. It was reportedly part of a parade that was organised by some Khalistani elements in Brampton, Canada.
The best quote EAM had reserved for Canadian NSA when to a question that Canada had criticised India For commenting on that country’s internal matter, Jaishankar used a Hindi phrase.
“The phrase that came to mind is actually a Hindi phrase which is ‘Ulta Chor Kotwal Ko Date’ (the pot calling the kettle black).. If anybody has a complaint, we have a complaint about Canada…I was very perplexed by what I heard,” he said.
News agencies were reporting that the Canadian High Commissioner in India Cameron MacKay tweeted that there is no place in Canada for “hate or for the glorification of violence”.
“I am appalled by reports of an event in Canada that celebrated the assassination of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. There is no place in Canada for hate or for the glorification of violence. I categorically condemn these activities,” the EAM added.