Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusations that India played a role in the assassination of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, Vancouver, in June this year have relegated Indo-Canadian relations to the deep freeze. This hardening of diplomatic ties initially appeared to have limited immediate repercussions for either country, given their below-par economic relations. Now, recent reporting from the United States and the United Kingdom suggests a broader paradigm to the controversy that may have unintended consequences for New Delhi’s emerging geopolitical interests.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the US provided intelligence for the “credible allegations” that Mr Trudeau claimed to have of New Delhi’s alleged role in the extra-territorial assassination of Nijjar. At the same time,