Kiwi Sikhs fear they are stuck in exile as rising Hindu nationalism grips India (Stuff)

By Ripu Bhatia

Rising Hindu nationalism in India is spilling over to Aotearoa, with some Kiwi Sikhs fearing they are now stuck in exile unable to return home.

“Probably if I go back to India, I would not be able to go, or I could be jailed,” says Manurewa resident Simran Kaur.

Kaur, 21, who does not want her face shown for fear of being recognised by Hindu nationalists, is among a growing number of Sikhs who fear they are becoming marginalised by the Hindu-centric rhetoric and policies of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

A particular flashpoint is support for Sikh activist Amritpal Singh, who made international headlines in March when he escaped Indian police custody in a dramatic car chase. An earlier tense incident in February saw hundreds of Singh’s supporters storm a police station to secure the release of one of his aides…

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