Jagmeet Singh was interviewed yesterday on CBC Radio. Singh was asked about a seminar he attended with the National Sikh Youth Federation in the U.K. in 2016, in which the organizer, Shamsher Singh, discussed the legitimacy of armed struggle by Sikhs in the creation of Khalistan.
The Khalistan movement was one of violence, terror and division. In his radio interview, Singh condemned terrorism, but equivocated in condemning the movement for Khalistan. He expressed sympathy with the pain and trauma suffered by Sikhs, but dodged any implication that the Khalistan movement was a terrorist one.
The Khalistan cause has long since fallen on the losing side of history. So, it’s okay to question the loyalties of politicians like Singh if they fail to condemn it. Yet we fail to question those politicians who support “winning” causes like Israel, Saudi Arabia or Canada’s policies towards its own Aboriginal peoples.
Last month, Justin Trudeau visited India where he met with the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. India under Modi has witnessed the widespread and repeated abuses of human rights and civil liberties. Yet Trudeau failed to condemn the violence, terror and division that is engulfing India under Modi just as Singh failed to condemn the violence, terror and division of the movement for Khalistan.
Trudeau’s failure though wasn’t questioned by the Canadian media. His “loyalties” to Canadian values or human rights weren’t an issue. Both Trudeau and Singh failed to condemn what’s wrong. Only Trudeau ended up on the winning side.