An event took place in London that could call into question the further cooperation of Great Britain with India. According to the British press, activists of the Sikh separatist movement "Khalistan" attacked the building of the Indian diplomatic mission in London and tore off the national flag of India from it.
Following the incident, the British Ambassador to New Delhi was urgently summoned to the Indian Foreign Office. There he was strongly protested against the actions of the extremists who tore the flag from the embassy. Interestingly, the British police did not prevent the incident, although they are obliged to ensure the security of foreign diplomatic missions. This, too, could not go unnoticed by the Indian side.
An explanation was demanded for the total lack of British security that allowed these elements to enter the premises of the High Commission.
- underlined in a statement by the Indian Foreign Ministry.
Recall that the Khalistan movement advocates the separation of the state of Punjab from India and the formation of a Sikh state called Khalistan on its territory. Many Sikhs have long emigrated from India to the UK, US and Canada. The West can use such separatist movements to put pressure on New Delhi.
On the other hand, in the current world political situation, it is not very beneficial for the West to quarrel with India, which was previously considered by the US and Great Britain as an important potential ally in the event of a confrontation with China in the Indo-Pacific region.