In Seattle, an Indian graduate student Jaahnavi Kandula was struck and killed by a police car while crossing a street in crosswalk. This occurred 23 January, 2023. On or about the 14th of September police released body cam footage and audio of the killing. During a taped phone conversation a police officer said that Kandula had “limited value” so the city should “just write a check [for] $11,000” (CNN).
Just across the border in Surrey BC, Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was killed by gunman on his way home from his temple on 18 June, 2023 (Wikipedia). On the 18th of September Justin Trudeau popped up and said the Canadian government is following “credible allegations” that the Indian government was involved (NPR). On the 21st the Canadians doubled down; “The allegation of India’s involvement in the killing of a Sikh Canadian is based on surveillance of Indian diplomats in Canada, including intelligence provided by a major ally, a Canadian official told The Associated Press on Thursday.” (AP on MSN)
Events, and the associated statements, like these will definitely help to isolate India and make them more likely to associate with BRICS. That should make Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinpeng and their gods very happy.
But why the news releases and statements now about seemingly unrelated events earlier in the year? New Delhi has had reservations about BRICS because of ongoing disputes with China and closer ties to the West.
- “India’s Modi unlikely to travel to South Africa for BRICS summit sources say” Reuters
- “Focus on India-China ties as Modi and Xi attend Brics summit” NationalNews