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India resists ‘genocide’ charge

  • Fearless Indian
  • April 19, 2017
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India has registered a powerful note of protest prior the visiting Canadian Defence Minister, Harjit Singh Sajjan, against a provincial Assembly legislation which had accused India of ‘genocide’ in the events of 1984. According to Defence Ministry sources, Arun Jaitley made this the focus during their bilateral discussion.

Calling the Bill an unwarranted comment on India’s internal situation, Mr. Jaitley conveyed that there was considerable “disquiet” in India and the language was “unreal and exaggerated” which did not conform to reality. A ministry source said, “It was conveyed that as another liberal democracy, it is not in the spirit of India-Canada relations and did not help in furthering the relationship”.

Early this month, Harinder Malhi, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) from Brampton-Springdale, near Toronto, moved a private member’s motion in the Ontario Assembly. The motion was passed after a debate with 34 members voting in favor and five against of the total strength of 107. Introducing the Bill, Ms. Malhi had said, “The Legislative Assembly of Ontario should condemn all forms of communal violence, hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism, and intolerance in India and anywhere else in the world, including the 1984 genocide perpetrated against Sikhs throughout India, and call on all sides to embrace truth, justice and reconciliation”.

In their discussions, the two ministers had agreed to deepen the defense cooperation. Mr. Sajjan is on the official visit to India from April 17 to 23 during which he is scheduled to travel to Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Mumbai apart from his meetings in Delhi.

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