Toronto: For the primary time, the Indian authorities has requested Canada to make sure enough safety throughout Independence Day celebrations at missions within the nation, but additionally to forestall disruption to occasions organized by the Indo-Canadian neighborhood.
This was conveyed by the Excessive Fee of India in Ottawa to Canada for International Affairs, the nation’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs, in a diplomatic communique. This comes because the neighborhood prepares to look at August 15 with particular person occasions publicly for the primary time since 2019 as Covid-19 associated restrictions are eased.
A senior Indian official confirmed that this was the primary time India had taken measures to guard its “Indian pursuits” from elevated measures at its diplomatic campuses in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver for Independence Day to neighborhood occasions throughout the nation. The safety request has been broadened.
The official clarified that such celebrations had been organized by Canadian residents however the “widespread” concern was because of the giant presence of Indian nationals, together with college students and kids. “We acknowledge that that is an inner matter for Canada, however we encourage Canadian authorities to make sure their security as effectively,” the official stated.
Indian officers stated there may be data that pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan Kashmiri organizations are planning to “disrupt” such occasions.
Final yr, the non-profit Panorama India held an occasion for August 15 within the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, however on the time there was a disturbance as a result of protesters.
Equally, organizers of a tricolor rally in Vancouver to mark Republic Day in 2021 confronted protesters at their workplaces after the incident. This occurred when the Consulate of India in Vancouver was blocked by protesters on 26 January that yr amid pro-Khalistan speeches and slogans.
This yr’s showpiece occasion would be the India Day Parade in Toronto, organized by Panorama India, that includes tableaux from varied states and neighborhood teams. It’s going to culminate in a public ceremony within the Metropolis of Toronto. In 2019, the occasion attracted over 50,000 folks of Indian origin. In British Columbia, Indo-Canadian teams are planning a significant automobile rally from downtown Surrey within the metro Vancouver space.