There is “fear of a revival”:http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070421/sikhs_khalistan_070421/ within the Sikh community of Canada of the “Khalistan movement”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalistan_movement — the creation of an independent Punjabi state along the border of India and Pakistan — which lead to much ISI-funded Sikh terrorism through the 1970′s and 80′s.
The revival attempt is ironic since northern India has experienced an economic boom and discontent is at an all-time low. But Punjabi immigrants abroad have other plans. John Thompson of the “MacKenzie Institute”:http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com/about.html has “noted”:http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070421/sikhs_khalistan_070421/:
There’s no chance for revival of the Khalistan movement on the ground in Punjab. But for the Sikhs who left in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, especially those who left because of their involvement in the Khalistan movement, as they get older their nationalism is likely to crystallize and stay stronger and they will try to pass it off to the younger generation.
First and second-generation Indo-Canadians could be supporting the movement from abroad much like Irish-Americans which funded the IRA and related groups, prolonging that struggle. This is also similar to the jihad movement, which attracts followers from immigrant families who feel culturally isolated. Britain is having a hard time facing this problem now. America seems better at integrating immigrants, but has it’s share of domestic militants. Canada’s mantra of multi-culturalism makes it similar to Britain. The Khadr family and the Toronto 17 are some recent examples. And people wonder why a country “with no enemies” needs an intelligence agency…