The contradiction between a country that demands a rules-based global order while having the licence to kill those it designates as enemies in friendly countries has wider implications.
First, it was Canada. Now it is the US. The nature of the allegations is the same even though they differ in substantive details. In September, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau dropped a bombshell by claiming in his country’s parliament that Indian officials were behind the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. Last month, Financial Times reported that the US had foiled an Indian plot to assassinate another Sikh separatist leader, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, in that country. The Biden administration had also issued a warning to the Modi government about its involvement in the conspiracy.
Sushant Singh is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has taught at Yale University (Fall 2019 and Fall 2021) and was deputy editor of The Indian Express. A winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2017 and 2018, he had earlier served in the Indian Army for two decades. He is also the author of Mission Overseas and co-author of Note by Note: The India Story.