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Canada Receives Limited Allied Backing over Suspicions of Indian Involvement in a Canadian Separatist's death.
A thunderous international silence met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's explosive accusation of India's involvement in assassinating a Canadian citizen. The muted reaction from Ottawa's allies signals India's rising geopolitical might makes it impervious to direct censure from Western nations.
Trudeau's allegation that Indian operatives murdered a Sikh separatist in Canada was not echoed by any partners in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance - the U.S., UK, Australia and New Zealand. While expressing concern, none condemned India, mindful of its growing influence.
According to experts, India's strategic importance as a counter to China means Western powers are loath to jeopardize ties through public criticism, even on issues of rights and sovereignty. The meek global response reveals India's expanding diplomatic immunity.
Trudeau Rocks Delhi With Sensational Murder Conspiracy Claim
In a bombshell announcement, Trudeau revealed “credible evidence” linking Indian intelligence to the brazen contract-style shooting of separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in suburban Vancouver in July 2023. Delhi fiercely denied the “absurd” charges.
But Trudeau doubled down in calling Nijjar's killing on Canadian soil a violation of sovereignty. He even discussed the explosive allegations with President Biden and UK PM Sunak recently. The public airing of accusations sparked a raging diplomatic firestorm.
Yet Canada's allies tread carefully, offering sympathy but refraining from outright condemnation of alleged Indian involvement in the gangland-style murder.
The Difficult Balancing Act for Western Nations
For Canada's partners, the complex dynamics around an ascendant India encourage discretion:
- Cementing India's role as a democratic counterweight to China
- Deepening defense and technology ties with the massive market
- Pressuring Delhi on rights risks undermining cooperation in other spheres
- Canada standing alone against the emerging Asian giant
The muted response reveals the difficult balancing act between values and realpolitik priorities. Democratic allies feel constrained from slamming India publicly, despite the gravity of state-sponsored assassination allegations on Canadian soil.
A Cautionary Tale of Unchecked Power
Critics argue overlooking transgressions by illiberal but strategically important regimes simply emboldens them and breeds impunity. Unrestrained, these welcomed powers eventually turn against their Western benefactors.
They cite abundant precedent of autocrats from Hitler to Putin exploiting appeasement by self-professed democracies to become more brazen in their actions. But realists contend moral posturing interferes with vital shared interests.
For critics, India's ability to silence Canada's allies despite shocking claims of assassinating Canadian citizens on their territory makes it a cautionary tale. They warn India may be getting perilously close to joining Russia's club of mafia states too powerful to be named.
Walking the Tightrope of Principles and Pragmatism
Engaging an increasingly assertive India under PM Modi requires advanced balancing skills as democracies try separating rights from realpolitik priorities. But this uneasy tightrope act risks hypocrisy and charges of double standards.
Unless evidence clearly traces the Vancouver contract killing to Indian state direction, India seems shielded from direct censure by its growing economic, strategic and diplomatic heft. But the global silence still speaks volumes about perceptions of its unchecked power.
Managing ties with the emerging giant challenges Canada and its allies to match lofty principles with practical policy. Their treatment of the explosive Trudeau accusations will be seen as a test case of either democratic solidarity or selective pragmatism in the face of raw power.
For now, India appears insulated from global outrage by its rising international indispensability. But the Mumbai-style gangland murder on Canadian streets also serves notice that India's attachment to democracy may be fraying as supremacist nationalism rises.
Walking this tightrope without losing balance or principles will require finesse as well as firmness from Canada and its allies dealing with the unruly emerging heavyweight.
Summarised from the original article by - apnews.com
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