India Protests over Sikh Parade in Canada

April 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economic Times

India told Canada bluntly that "glorification" of assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during a Vaishakhi parade in British Columbia is "absolutely unacceptable" and demanded steps to address its concerns.

Indian High Commissioner to Canada R L Narayan raised the issue with Canadian Foreign Office on Thursday.

"Glorification of terrorism is absolutely unacceptable on Canadian soil. We have conveyed our concerns to the government of Canada," Narayan said on Friday.

India's protest came after a parade to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, by Sikh immigrants in Surrey this month featured a banner terming the assassins of Gandhi as 'martyrs'.