Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Threats on Sikh editor shine spotlight on decades-long tensions

Threats on Sikh editor

shine spotlight on

decades-long tensions

by Kathryn Blaze Carlson
National Post

It has been 25 years since the Air India bombing and the anti-Sikh riots in India, and while the quest for an independent Sikh state called Khalistan has all but fizzled there, the separatist movement maintains a small but at times loud presence here in Canada.

To be sure, the divide between pro-Khalistanis and those who believe in a united India has diminished since the 1990s, a decade marked by violent flashes including the high-profile murder of British Columbia newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer, a moderate Sikh who condemned violence in the Khalistan movement.

Recent events across the country, however, have highlighted the underlying -- albeit far less heated -- tensions that continue to pit separatists against non-separatists, shining a spotlight on what many thought had become largely a dead issue.

Although the motive behind Friday night's attack on the Sikh editor of the Punjabi Post in Brampton, Ont., remains unknown, the 42-year-old victim believes he was held at gunpoint because of his anti-extremist political views. He said pockets of separatist factions continue to "speak the language of violence."

1 comment:

  1. ) The article fails to mention that Mr Grewal owed money (source: The Brampton Guardian)

    b) Mr Grewal wrote against doda (poppy seeds) being imported but no mention was made that he might have been attacked by people involved in drug trafficing

    c) Mr Grewal could have been attacked by someone involved in illegal trucking which he exposed.

    d) Mr Grewal "believes' that he was attacked for his anti Khalistani views - conjecture since Police have said they have no one in custody and have not commented on who did it!

    Why write just about Khalistan if not to generate hate? Is this not irresponsible reporting to put your own slant on can they get away with it not brain washing?