Controversy Sikhs have called him a war criminal. A Nazi. Pol Pot.
He was one of the many accused of organizing pogroms against Sikhs in November 1984 after the assassination of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in New Delhi. More than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in four days.
Now Kamal Nath, minister for road transport and highways in India, is in Toronto.
He is speaking today at a reception hosted by the Canada-India Business Council at the King Edward Hotel.
Outraged Sikhs across the country are demanding that he be sent packing.
But Premier Dalton McGuinty said he was not aware of Sikh concerns, and that Nath’s upcoming meeting with the minister will be their third.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard of this,” he said at an Etobicoke high school yesterday, adding that 1984 was “many years ago.”
He also noted that Nath’s admission to Canada is a federal responsibility.