India’s transnational extrajudicial murders are global religious nationalism

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — December 1, 2023
(RNS) — But there is a deeper issue in US-India relations that needs parsing.
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An Indian official plotted to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader in New York, US prosecutors say

By Ashok Sharma and Larry Neumeister — November 29, 2023
NEW YORK (AP) — India had set up a high-level inquiry after U.S. authorities raised concerns with New Delhi that its government may have had knowledge of a plot to kill a Sikh separatist leader on American soil.

Before we find peace in the Mideast, we have to stop seeing only the ‘other’

By Vishavjit Singh — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — A memory of being vilified for one's faith makes the Israeli-Hamas conflict feel more raw and dangerous.

Bandi Chhor Divas, celebrated at Diwali, has a history and values of its own

By Sandeep Singh — November 10, 2023
(RNS) — The Sikh tradition, which falls on the Hindu holiday of Diwali, stands for religious freedom and justice.

Pope Francis to join other clergy at first ‘Faith Pavilion’ at climate summit

By Adelle M. Banks — November 9, 2023
(RNS) — ‘This demonstrates the significance of the interfaith movement in helping to tackle the climate emergency,’ said one faith leader about the pavilion.

What is Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and how is it celebrated in India and the diaspora?

By Deepa Bharath — November 9, 2023
(AP) — It is celebrated across faiths by more than a billion people in the world’s most populous nation and the diaspora.

A congressman’s ‘Dharma Caucus’ stirs suspicion for Hindu and Sikh organizations

By Richa Karmarkar — October 18, 2023
(RNS) — The joint statement echoes a growing trend among some Hindu Americans who are concerned with the American political courtship of members of the Bharatiya Janata Party of India — a political party they say has contributed to a rise in oppression of religious minorities.

Punjab’s ‘Aeroplane’ temple: Where India-Canada tensions meet Sikh anxiety

By Yashraj Sharma — October 16, 2023
JALANDHAR, India (RNS) — Thousands of families in Punjab — who have migrated for the Big Canadian Dream for decades — have found themselves left in the lurch by the transnational crisis.

India has to be held accountable in Sikh’s death in Canada

By Tarunjit Singh Butalia — September 26, 2023
(RNS) — A rash of killings of Sikhs has the look of extrajudicial murders.

India-Canada tensions shine light on complexities of Sikh activism in the diaspora

By Deepa Bharath — September 25, 2023
(AP) — The debate over support for Khalistan and what activism looks like in the Sikh diaspora has intensified after Trudeau’s accusation that India may have had a hand in the assassination of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Sikh activist whose killing has divided Canada and India?

By Krutika Pathi and David Cohen — September 21, 2023
NEW DELHI (AP) — Following his death, the World Sikh Organization of Canada called Nijjar an outspoken supporter of Khalistan who “often led peaceful protests against the violation of human rights actively taking place in India and in support of Khalistan.”

Why India fears the Khalistan movement and how Canada became embroiled in diplomatic spat over killing of Sikh separatist

By Mark Juergensmeyer — September 21, 2023
(The Conversation) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke of ‘credible allegations’ of Indian involvement in a Sikh leader’s death.

India expels Canadian diplomat, escalating tensions after Trudeau accuses India in Sikh’s killing

By Krutika Pathi and Rob Gillies — September 19, 2023
NEW DELHI (AP) — The expelling came a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there were credible allegations that India was connected to the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh independence advocate.
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