Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Anirudh Bhattacharya is a Toronto-based commentator on North American issues, and an author. He has also worked as a journalist in New Delhi and New York spanning print, television and digital media. He tweets as @anirudhb.

Articles by Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Two Indo-Canadian academics honoured with Order of Canada

The names of Ajay Agrawal and Parminder Raina were in the list published by the office of the governor-general of Canada Mary Simon. Both have been invested (as the bestowal of the awards is described) into the Order as a Member
Professor Ajay Agrawal, who was honoured with the Order of Canada in the 2022 list. (Credit: University of Toronto)
Professor Ajay Agrawal, who was honoured with the Order of Canada in the 2022 list. (Credit: University of Toronto)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 01:26 PM IST
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July 1: Canada to mark 155th anniversary of its formation

Canada Day is observed on July 1 and this is the first time in two years that celebrations are expected to attract crowds since the last two years were marred by restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
James Topp, a Canadian Forces veteran who marched across Canada protesting against the Covid-19 vaccines mandates, speaks to supporters as he arrives at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial ahead of Canada Day in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday. (REUTERS)
James Topp, a Canadian Forces veteran who marched across Canada protesting against the Covid-19 vaccines mandates, speaks to supporters as he arrives at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial ahead of Canada Day in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 11:05 AM IST
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Canada extends Covid border restrictions to Sept 30

These rules also apply to travellers from India arriving in Canada and the two main vaccines used in India, Covishield and Covaxin, are both approved in Canada for travel
An airplane takes off from Billy Bishop Airport after Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that passengers will require Covid-19 vaccination for air, ship and interprovincial train services, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
An airplane takes off from Billy Bishop Airport after Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that passengers will require Covid-19 vaccination for air, ship and interprovincial train services, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 02:45 PM IST
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India-Canada ties: Modi, Trudeau hold talks at G7 summit

A tweet from India’s prime minister’s office noted the two leaders ‘took stock of India-Canada friendship and discussed ways to further strengthen it across various sectors’
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) during a meeting with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, in Schloss Elmau, Germany on Monday. (ANI)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) during a meeting with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, in Schloss Elmau, Germany on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 12:25 AM IST
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PM Modi, Trudeau set to meet on sidelines of G7 summit

This will be first in-person meeting between the two PMs since Trudeau’s unprompted remarks in December 2020 on the farmers’ agitation which caused tensions in ties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Community event, in Munich, Germany on Sunday. (ANI/)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Community event, in Munich, Germany on Sunday. (ANI/)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 12:08 PM IST
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2 Indo-Canadians get key portfolios in new Cabinet of Ontario province

Prabhmeet Sarkaria gets an expanded mandate for emergency management and procurement while Parm Gill will be the Minister of Red Tape Reduction
Prabhmeet Sarkaria (right) after being appointed to the Ontario Cabinet on Friday, but with an expanded mandate. (Prabhmeet Sarkaria/Twitter))
Prabhmeet Sarkaria (right) after being appointed to the Ontario Cabinet on Friday, but with an expanded mandate. (Prabhmeet Sarkaria/Twitter))
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 02:19 PM IST
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Canada: Tributes paid to victims on 37th anniversary of Kanishka aircraft bombing

Flags flew at half-mast in memory of the victims at the British Columbia legislature in Victoria, as well as the cities of Winnipeg and Saskatoon. A moment of silence was observed in the House of Commons
Some members of the families of the victims of Air India flight 182, along with India’s consul-general in Toronto Apoorva Srivastava (seventh from right) at the memorial in Queen’s Park in Toronto, Canada. (India in Toronto/Twitter)
Some members of the families of the victims of Air India flight 182, along with India’s consul-general in Toronto Apoorva Srivastava (seventh from right) at the memorial in Queen’s Park in Toronto, Canada. (India in Toronto/Twitter)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 11:10 AM IST
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Jaishankar meets Canadian counterpart on sidelines of Commonwealth summit

Jaishankar is in Kigali to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which had earlier been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly during their bilateral meeting on the margins of the CHOGM summit in Kigali, Rwanda. (S Jaishankar/Twitter)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly during their bilateral meeting on the margins of the CHOGM summit in Kigali, Rwanda. (S Jaishankar/Twitter)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 11:33 PM IST
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Yoga Day: Event in Canada to blend ancient Indian practises with Indigenous healing methods

The event recognises that both the International Day of Yoga and the National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada fall on June 21
New Delhi, June 21 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia participates in “Delhi ki Yogshaala” on the occasion of the 8th International Day of Yoga 2022, at Thyagraj Stadium, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
New Delhi, June 21 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia participates in “Delhi ki Yogshaala” on the occasion of the 8th International Day of Yoga 2022, at Thyagraj Stadium, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 03:56 PM IST
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Canada visa backlog: 700,000 Indians wait for their papers to be processed

The worldwide backlog has ballooned to nearly 2.4 million including 700,000 Indians, according to watchdog CIC News. The processing backlog has grown since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic
Travellers at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bloomberg/FILE)
Travellers at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bloomberg/FILE)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 12:00 PM IST
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Canada, India foreign secys speak, capping busy week of bilateral engagements

Canada’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Marta Morgan spoke with her Indian counterpart Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra on Thursday
Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly with India’s High Commissioner to Ottawa Ajay Bisaria at the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav event in Ottawa on Tuesday. (India in Canada/Twitter)
Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly with India’s High Commissioner to Ottawa Ajay Bisaria at the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav event in Ottawa on Tuesday. (India in Canada/Twitter)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 02:40 PM IST
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Slumdog Millionaire author, noted diplomat awarded honorary degree in Canada

Vikas Swarup was recognised not just for his literary output, but also for his work as a diplomat. He was high-profile spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs before arriving in Canada in 2017 as the country’s High Commissioner to Ottawa
Noted author and retired diplomat Vikas Swarup after being honoured with an honorary degree at the University of Guelph on Thursday. (Vikas Swarup/Twitter)
Noted author and retired diplomat Vikas Swarup after being honoured with an honorary degree at the University of Guelph on Thursday. (Vikas Swarup/Twitter)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 02:21 PM IST
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Canada lifts Covid vaccine mandates for domestic and international travel

Passengers will still be required to wear masks on board, and those travelling to Canada will continue to be subject of vaccination requirements for entry into country
Travellers crowd the security queue in the departures lounge at the start of the Victoria Day holiday long weekend at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS/ FILE)
Travellers crowd the security queue in the departures lounge at the start of the Victoria Day holiday long weekend at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS/ FILE)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 02:55 PM IST
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India Chairs being set up at prominent Canadian varsities

These Chairs, to be occupied by academics from India, are being created under the auspices of partnership agreements between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Canadian institutions
India’s consul-general in Vancouver Manish (right) with Simon Fraser University’s president and vice-chancellor Dr Joy Johnson at the signing of an MoU setting up an India Chair at the institution. (India in Vancouver/Twitter)
India’s consul-general in Vancouver Manish (right) with Simon Fraser University’s president and vice-chancellor Dr Joy Johnson at the signing of an MoU setting up an India Chair at the institution. (India in Vancouver/Twitter)
Published on Jun 14, 2022 01:12 PM IST
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China focusing on ‘pattern of coercive diplomacy’: Canada defence minister

Canada’s defence minister outlined the threat environment, including Russia’s challenge to the rules-based international order and China’s increasingly assertive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, at the plenary session of Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore
Canada's Minister of Defence, Anita Anand speaks at a plenary session during the 19th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defence and security forum in Asia, in Singapore, on Sunday. (AP)
Canada's Minister of Defence, Anita Anand speaks at a plenary session during the 19th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defence and security forum in Asia, in Singapore, on Sunday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 11:18 AM IST
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Canada, in a world first, proposes health warnings on individual cigarettes

Despite decades of efforts, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of illness and premature death in Canada, killing approximately 48,000 people each year, Ottawa said in a statement
The government will consult stakeholders on the proposed measure and, if implemented, Canada will be the first country in the world to introduce such labelling. (REUTER/ REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The government will consult stakeholders on the proposed measure and, if implemented, Canada will be the first country in the world to introduce such labelling. (REUTER/ REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Jun 11, 2022 02:58 PM IST
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Canada forms advisory committee to deliberate on new Indo-Pacific strategy

Canada “recognises that the Indo-Pacific region is critically important for the long-term prosperity, health and security of Canadians”, its foreign ministry said
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) meets with US President Joe Biden during the Summit of the Americas, in Los Angeles, on Thursday. Both the leaders also discussed about the Indo-Pacific region during the meeting. (AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) meets with US President Joe Biden during the Summit of the Americas, in Los Angeles, on Thursday. Both the leaders also discussed about the Indo-Pacific region during the meeting. (AP)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 01:21 PM IST
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Sidhu Moosewala killing: India to request Canada to expedite extradition of Goldy Brar

Goldy Brar, who arrived in Canada in 2017 as a student, allegedly claimed responsibility on behalf of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang for the murder of the popular performer and politician Sidhu Moosewala last month.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pays tribute during his visit to family of late singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala, in Mansa, Punjab, India. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pays tribute during his visit to family of late singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala, in Mansa, Punjab, India. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 01:09 PM IST
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Canada: Quebec blocks work permits for students at some private colleges

This closes down the pathway for international students to garner work permits after completing their courses, a necessity towards qualifying for permanent residency. It’s proven a carrot for many students from India, particularly from Punjab, in recent years
Travellers at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bloomberg)
Travellers at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 01:21 PM IST
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Canada, India welcome progress in negotiations towards interim trade pact

The matter was discussed during a virtual meeting between Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development Mary Ng and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday
A container ship sits docked at the Port of Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (AFP/FILE)
A container ship sits docked at the Port of Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (AFP/FILE)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 10:49 AM IST
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Trudeau criticises Chinese jets for ‘provocative’ actions towards Canadian planes

Canada’s foreign minister Melanie Joly said on Friday the matter would be raised formally at the UN Security Council
China defended its military pilots on Monday, saying they acted properly and were protecting its sovereignty, following recent complaints by Canada and Australia that Chinese planes engaged in risky manoeuvres with their aircraft over the Pacific. (REUTERS)
China defended its military pilots on Monday, saying they acted properly and were protecting its sovereignty, following recent complaints by Canada and Australia that Chinese planes engaged in risky manoeuvres with their aircraft over the Pacific. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 12:16 PM IST
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Canada’s NDP leader Jagmeet Singh faces political setback

Jagmeet Singh’s younger brother was defeated in Ontario’s provincial elections from a seat in the family’s political base of Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area
Canada’s NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (right) at the launch event of Gurratan Singh’s re-election campaign in April. (Credit: Gurratan Singh/Twitter)
Canada’s NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (right) at the launch event of Gurratan Singh’s re-election campaign in April. (Credit: Gurratan Singh/Twitter)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 02:18 PM IST
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India flags concern over gangsters carrying out operations from Canada

India has multiple extradition requests pending with the Canadian authorities related to gangsters and terrorism.
The Punjab Police said Goldy Brar, a Canada-based member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, was involved in the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala (HT)
The Punjab Police said Goldy Brar, a Canada-based member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, was involved in the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala (HT)
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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Chinese jets are ‘flying threateningly close’ to our North Korea flights on UN mission: Canada

Operation Neon is Canada’s contribution to a coordinated multinational effort to support the implementation of UN Security Council sanctions imposed against North Korea
In this file photo, a Chinese H-6 bomber flies over East China Sea. (REUTERS)
In this file photo, a Chinese H-6 bomber flies over East China Sea. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 02, 2022 02:27 PM IST
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Indian, Canadian foreign ministers hold talks on Indo-Pacific, Ukraine

The conversation was described as “extensive” by Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar in a tweet. It covered several significant geopolitical issues including the Indo-Pacific and the situation in Ukraine following the attack by Russia in February
Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar (PTI)
Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar (PTI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2022 10:49 AM IST
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ByAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda

Canada OKs drug decriminalisation test in British Columbia

The policy approved by federal officials doesn’t legalize the substances, but Canadians in the Pacific coast province who possess up to 2.5 grams of illicit drugs for personal use will not be arrested or charged
Hundreds of flags symbolizing the more than 10,000 people who have died of toxic drug overdoses in British Columbia, Canada during a demonstration by the drug user advocacy group Moms Stop The Harm in Vancouver, British Columbia. (REUTERS)
Hundreds of flags symbolizing the more than 10,000 people who have died of toxic drug overdoses in British Columbia, Canada during a demonstration by the drug user advocacy group Moms Stop The Harm in Vancouver, British Columbia. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 01, 2022 01:17 PM IST
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Canada extends Covid vaccination-related measures despite airport delays

Long queues at airports have resulted in passengers being stuck in airplanes for hours before deplaning, and facing delays lasting multiple hours before clearing customs and other formalities
Travellers crowd the security queue in the departures lounge at the start of the Victoria Day holiday long weekend at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
Travellers crowd the security queue in the departures lounge at the start of the Victoria Day holiday long weekend at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 01, 2022 01:08 PM IST
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Trudeau announces Canada handgun freeze with new law

The Canadian Government has introduced legislation that will bring in a national freeze on handguns in the country.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new gun control legislation in Ottawa, Ontario, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new gun control legislation in Ottawa, Ontario, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 03:28 AM IST
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Trudeau announces handgun freeze in new gun control proposal

The new measures are assured of passing in Canada’s Parliament as the ruling Liberals and leftist opposition New Democrats have enough votes
Three legally-owned hand guns are displayed in a gun owner's kitchen after Canada's government introduced legislation to implement a
Three legally-owned hand guns are displayed in a gun owner's kitchen after Canada's government introduced legislation to implement a "national freeze" on the sale and purchase of handguns, as a part of a gun control package that would also limit magazine capacities and ban some toys that look like guns, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 31, 2022 02:35 PM IST
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Canada police shoot dead unidentified man with rifle in Toronto

Toronto police shot and injured a man who was walking down a street carrying a gun in a city neighbourhood, and five nearby schools were placed on lockdown
Police officers work at the scene where police shot and injured a suspect who was walking down a city street carrying a gun, as four nearby schools were placed on lockdown, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
Police officers work at the scene where police shot and injured a suspect who was walking down a city street carrying a gun, as four nearby schools were placed on lockdown, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 27, 2022 04:14 PM IST
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