Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's seven-day visit to India has also been a topic of discussion in foreign media. It is being said in Indian and international media that India has not shown any enthusiasm for the PM of Canada, the world's second-largest country in terms of area. This is when people of Indian origin are in Canada in large numbers.
The Sikh population is quite large, especially here. The importance of Sikhs can also be gauged from the fact that there are four Sikh ministers in the cabinet of Justin Trudeau. The Canadian PM is also jokingly called Justin 'Singh' Trudeau for his generosity towards Sikhs.
In fact, it is being said that Khalistan insurgent groups are active in Canada, and Justin Trudeau sympathizes with such groups. Foreign media is saying that in recent years, the government of Canada and India has increased tensions in North America due to increased support for independent Khalistan. Around the world, 'Sikh nationalists' are running campaigns for a sovereign country in Punjab called Khalistan.
There are about five million Sikhs in Canada. Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan is also a Sikh. Harjit Sajjan's father was a member of the World Sikh Organization. In 2015, Justin Trudeau had said that the number of Sikhs he has given in his cabinet is not even in the cabinet of India. One can also estimate the influence of Indians in Canada by suggesting that 19 people of Indian origin have been selected for the House of Commons. Of these, 17 are from the Liberal Party of Trudeau. It is said that India has shown indifference to Trudeau's visit because of his sympathy with the Sikh separatists. However, India has rejected these allegations outright. BJP leader Sheshadri Chari told the BBC that the Canadian government has made it clear that their government is against the Khalistanis.
●After all, how has the Sikh population grown in Canada? Why are Sikhs so crucial to any Canadian government?
To date, Canada's population is quite diverse, based on religion and ethnicity. According to census data, in 2016, the minority of Canada's population grew to 22.3 percent. In 1981, only 4.7 percent of Canada's population was in the minority. According to this report, by 2036, the minority of Canada's population will be 33 percent. "Canada is the best country for any migrant," said Karim El-Asal, senior research manager for the Conference Board of Canada, from the Washington Post. This is because it provides the migrants with a ladder of opportunity, and people gain the height of success. '' In 1897, Queen Victoria invited a group of British Indian soldiers to London to join the Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Then a group of mounted soldiers was en route to British Columbia with the Empress of India. One of these soldiers was Resident Major Kesar Singh.
●First Sikh to go to Canada
Risaldar was the first Sikh to shift in Canada. Singh and some other soldiers decided to stay in Canada. They made British Columbia their home. If the remaining soldiers returned to India, they had a story. He said after returning to India that the British government wanted to settle them. Now the matter was preferred. The Sikhs' journey to India from Canada began here. In a few years, British Columbia reached 5,000 Indians, 90 percent of whom were Sikhs. However, it has not been easy for Sikhs to immigrate to Canada. They didn't come to Canada's whites to come and go for jobs. Protests against the Indians had begun. Even William McKenzie, the longest-serving Prime Minister in Canada, said jokingly, "Hindus do not know the climate of this country." By 1907, racial attacks against Indians began. A few years later, a law was created to ban the arrival of migrants from India. The first rule was that Indians should have $ 200 when they come to Canada. However, for Europeans, the amount was only $ 25. But by then, the Indians had settled there. Most of them were Sikhs. They were not ready to give up their dreams despite all the difficulties. He proved himself in Canada through his hard work and dedication. They created a strong community culture. Also made by several gurus. Sikhs were also forced from Canada to India. Komagata Maru, a vessel full of Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims, arrived at Kolkata's Buzz Ghat in 1914. At least 19 of these people were killed. The ship, which was full of Indians, was not allowed to enter Canada. The Indians aboard the ship had been stopping for two months. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to the House of Commons in 2016 for this. When the Liberal Party government was formed in Canada in the 1960s, it proved historic for the Sikhs as well. The federal government of Canada changed the migrant rules and opened the door to accept diversity. The effect was that the population of Indian origin increased rapidly. People from many parts of India started coming to Canada.
●Even today, Indians have not stopped going to Canada. Today, in the hands of Indo-Canadians, the Federal Party is in command of the NDP. Punjabi is the third most popular language in Canada. About 1.3 percent of Canada's population understands and speaks Punjabi.