Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Government Is Unwilling to Muzzle Non-Violent Sikh Nationalism at Home-CANADA - Highlighted By: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left, meet with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Amritsar, India, on Wednesday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Government Is Unwilling to Muzzle Non-Violent Sikh Nationalism at Home-CANADA



Trudeau talks 'united India' with outspoken foe of Sikh nationalists: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau government supports a united India, it's unwilling to muzzle non-violent Sikh nationalism at home-CANADA.



And while to all appearances his meeting with Trudeau today went well, accounts of what was discussed and how deeply the participants went into the fraught topic of Sikh nationalism differ widely.



Differing accounts:



After the meeting, though, the two sides offered markedly different accounts of what was discussed.



The closest the Canadian side initially came to acknowledging that the issue of diaspora separatism had been discussed was a written statement that confirmed "the prime minister conveyed his support for a united India";



Adding that Trudeau did also "discussed his views on freedom of expression and the importance of dialogue to establish common ground and understanding."



The term "freedom of expression" has been used by Canadian leaders in the past to resist Indian pressure to crack down on nonviolent Sikh separatists in Canada.



In 2012, when pressed by India over similar issues, Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded: "We can't interfere with the right of political freedom of expression."

Posted on Feb 26, 18 | 5:34 am