Indian-origin MP for Nepean, Ontario, Chandra Arya has called out Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s hypocrisy and silence over Khalistanis threatening Hindus in Canada.
In a video message Arya highlighted a video of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, president of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), that attacked Hindu-Canadians and asked the community “to leave Canada and go back to India.”
“I have heard from many Hindu-Canadians who are fearful after this targeted attack. I urge Hindu-Canadians to stay calm but vigilant. Please report any incident of Hinduphobia to your local law enforcement agencies. The Khalistan movement leader is trying to provoke the Hindu-Canadians to react and divide the Hindu and Sikh communities in Canada.”
Arya added that in his experience a vast majority of Canadian Sikhs do not support Khalistan movement.
“Most Sikh Canadians may not publicly condemn the Khalistan movement for several reasons but they are deeply connected to the Hindu-Canadian community. Canadian Hindus and Sikhs are connected through family relationships and shared social and cultural ties.”
Further, Arya observed that such malicious video messages are a “direct attack on Hindu-Canadians by the leader of Canadian Khalistan movement.” These are evidence of “further escalation of the recent attacks on Hindu temples and public celebration of the assassination of Hindu Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by terrorists.”
Arya reiterated that “Canada has high moral values and we fully uphold the rule of law.” However, how can Canada allow “glorification of terrorism or a hate crime targeting a religious group” just “in the name of freedom of speech and expression.”
“There would be an outrage in Canada if a white supremist attacked any group of racialized Canadians asking them to get out of our country. But apparently this Khalistani leader can get away with this hate crime. Hindu Canadians keep a low profile and are considered soft targets.”
In the last ten months, Arya has been targetted for his religious background, Hindu, by both Khalistani and Islamist extremists masquerading as community leaders in Canada. On this, he observed:
“The anti-Hindu elements cannot digest the success of Hindu-Canadians. Two well-organized groups claiming to represent their faiths have been attacking Hindu-Canadian community leaders, Hindu organizations and even me. For over ten months, I have been attacked for raising a flag with our Hindu religious sacred symbol Aum on our parliament hill.”
As always, Arya walking on the path of Sanatan Dharma called upon Hindu-Canadians to stay calm but vigilant.
“As Canadians, we can be proud of our Hindu faith and heritage and our impressive contribution to the socio-economic success of our country Canada.”
Arya is originally from Karnataka and migrated to Canada in 2006. He was the chairman of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber prior to entering politics. In 2022, Arya became the first member of parliament to speak in Kannada in the House of Commons of Canada
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