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QUESTION NO.2755 KHALISTANI SUPPORTERS IN CANADA

December 12, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2755
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12.12.2019

KHALISTANI SUPPORTERS IN CANADA

2755. SHRI ANIL DESAI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has noted the increasing activities of Khalistani supporters among the Indians in Canada;

(b) if so, whether the issue has been taken up with Canadian Government, if so, their response; and

(c) whether Indian community, particularly Sikh community has been alerted against such anti-India elements among them?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (c) The vast majority of people of Indian origin in Canada share a warm emotional bond with India and have worked for the betterment of relations between India and Canada. There is a small fringe group of pro-Khalistan elements in Canada who spread anti-India feelings through their extremist statements and activities.

Government of India remains closely engaged with the Government of Canada to address our concerns relating to anti-India activities by the extremist elements. Both governments have recognized the fundamental principle of respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of India and Canada as the basis of bilateral relations.

Government maintains close contacts with the Indian community in Canada, and its policy is to make continuous efforts to strengthen the bond with the community.

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