On Thursday, the Canadian High Commissioner in India Cameron MacKay condemned the reports of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination celebration in Canada’s Brampton city.
He said there is no place for hate, glorification of violence in Canada.
“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,” Cameron MacKay tweeted.
A purported video circulating on social media shows a parade float depicting the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
According to reports, the parade was allegedly organised by Khalistani supporters on June 4 – just days before the upcoming 39th anniversary of ‘Operation Blue Star’ on June 6.
In the video, several figures depicting the late PM and her killers – who were the members of her security – can be seen displayed.
The parade also has a sign saying the assassination was “Revenge for Attack on Shri Darbar Sahib” – referring to the storming of the Golden Temple by Indian troops in 1984.
Meanwhile, India has hit out at Canada for allowing the parade in Brampton
“Frankly, we are at a loss to understand other than the requirements of vote bank politics why anybody would do this… I think there is a larger underlying issue about the space which is given to separatists, to extremists, to people who advocate violence. I think it is not good for relationships, not good for Canada,” External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar said during a media briefing in Delhi today.