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Recent events in Canada have reignited concerns over the resurgence of pro-Khalistan sentiment, as inflammatory speeches and separatist displays marred a Nagar Kirtan Parade organized by the Ontario Gurdwara Committee. The rally, held in Toronto, saw the repetition of separatist slogans and imagery, including a float depicting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi behind bars.

This alarming development comes just a week after pro-Khalistan chants were witnessed in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a gathering. The recurrence of such incidents underscores the persistence of pro-Khalistan elements within certain segments of the Canadian Sikh community and raises questions about the extent of their influence.

The participation of individuals like Paramjit Mand and Avtar Singh Pannu, both associated with the Dal Khalsa organization, adds a concerning dimension to the situation. Pannu, in particular, has been declared a terrorist by Indian security agencies, highlighting the potential security implications associated with his involvement in such events.

The presence of separatist rhetoric and imagery at a religious procession like the Nagar Kirtan Parade is deeply troubling. Such displays not only undermine the spirit of communal harmony and religious sanctity but also perpetuate divisive ideologies that have the potential to incite unrest and discord within communities.

The issue of Khalistani extremism is not new to Indo-Canadian relations. Historically, Canada has served as a hub for Sikh separatist activities, providing sanctuary to individuals and groups espousing the Khalistani cause. While Canada upholds the principles of free speech and expression, there is a delicate balance to be struck between the right to dissent and the need to prevent the propagation of ideologies that incite violence or threaten the sovereignty of other nations.