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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