Don’t Discount the Sikh Vote in pushing for Progressive Policy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and #45 here in America have demonstrated to the world that they will do everything in their power to exclude Muslims, to dilute the power of the courts to bend policy and law to their whim and they carve out spaces for their goons to go after their political enemies. It is little wonder that with the rise of right-wing governments, the first things to be scrapped are often the reproductive rights of women and gender non-conforming individuals, the rights of the LGBTQ community and critical public services that many depend upon for preventative health. With the rise of the Aam Admi Party in the past decade, New Delhi has been a critical juncture as the nation’s capitol to keep Modi’s BJP at bay even as they recruited a Sikh candidate to run in the elections for Member of Legislative Assembly in New Delhi which exposes their limited outreach across Indian constituencies. With the police still brutally cracking down on protestors against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, this was the BJP’s election to lose.

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“Under the rubric of ‘hybrid or asymmetric or information warfare,’ adversarial states have increased the use of covert technical and human-based intelligence platforms to advance their security, defence, economic or foreign-policy objectives,” it reads.

“What qualifies these as ‘hostile-state activity’ is that, in each case, these operations are calculated to undermine or harm our interests, as well as those of our allies.”

While the report lists several countries that officials consider threats to Canada, most of those references, along with many other details, were blacked out before the document was released.

However, one section specifically mentions the 1.8 million Canadians of Chinese descent and 1.2 million of Indian descent in the context of foreign governments trying to “directly and indirectly work to influence diaspora communities across the country.”

“The increasing political participation of these communities at all levels of government is both laudable and reflective of the increasing diversity of the Canadian political system,” the report says of Chinese- and Indo-Canadians.

However, it adds: “The risk of these communities being influenced, overtly or covertly, by foreign governments with their own agendas cannot be overlooked.”

It goes on to state that “the lines between legitimate advocacy and lobbying and pressures imposed to advance the economic and political interests of foreign actors are becoming increasingly blurred.”

The rest of the section is largely blacked out, including any possible measures to prevent or detect such attempts.

Concerns about Chinese influence in Canada are not new, Carment said, but “what we’re talking about in this case is a ‘fifth column’ of individuals who are sort of mobilized for the purposes of undermining or influencing or affecting the government.”

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