Diplomatic relations between India and Canada have taken a hit, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent statement adds fuel to the fire. Trudeau expressed concerns that “The Indian government is making life unbelievably difficult for millions in India and Canada.” This comment followed Canada’s decision to recall 41 diplomats from India, citing perceived threats from India.
The move to withdraw Canadian diplomats has raised concerns about potential disruptions in travel and trade and challenges for Indian students studying in Canada. Canada has a significant Indian diaspora, comprising around 5% of the total population, with approximately two million Canadians of Indian heritage. Additionally, India is the largest source of international students in Canada, accounting for about 40% of study permit holders.
Trudeau’s support for Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who has been designated as a Khalistani terrorist, further strained the India-Canada relationship. India has vehemently rejected Canada’s allegations as “absurd and motivated,” resulting in a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.
The situation remains tense as both nations grapple with these diplomatic challenges, with potential implications for trade, travel, and international student exchanges.