Anirudh Bhattacharyya

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.

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A file photo of an employee walking with sanitary wipes through the post-vaccination waiting area at a vaccination centre, as part of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
A file photo of an employee walking with sanitary wipes through the post-vaccination waiting area at a vaccination centre, as part of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)

Covid-19: Canadian provinces looking to import vaccine tech knowhow from India

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:53 AM IST
An Indian official said “preliminary” discussions have commenced and some provincial governments are interested in the technical expertise developed by SII and Bharat Biotech
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The arrested man has been charged with assaulting a woman. (Representational Photo/Getty Images)
The arrested man has been charged with assaulting a woman. (Representational Photo/Getty Images)

Man arrested, charged over violence during Tiranga-Maple rally in Canada

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:03 AM IST
  • The rally was organised to celebrate the imminent arrival of India-made COVID-19 vaccines in Canada and featured nearly 350 cars bearing both the Indian and Canadian flags
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Indian diaspora hold 'Tiranga Yatra' against Republic Day violence, in Vancouver on January 26, 2021. (ANI/FILE)
Indian diaspora hold 'Tiranga Yatra' against Republic Day violence, in Vancouver on January 26, 2021. (ANI/FILE)

India calls on Canada to ensure safety of Indo-Canadians

UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:35 PM IST
This communication comes in the wake of reports of threat and intimidation against Indo-Canadians by pro-Khalistani elements in the country
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Canada’s minister for public services and procurement Anita Anand and India’s high commissioner to Ottawa Ajay Bisaria with the first batch of the Indian Covid-19 vaccines on its arrival in Canada (Anita Anand/Twitter)
Canada’s minister for public services and procurement Anita Anand and India’s high commissioner to Ottawa Ajay Bisaria with the first batch of the Indian Covid-19 vaccines on its arrival in Canada (Anita Anand/Twitter)

Covid-19: Canada receives 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine made in India

UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:04 PM IST
Delivery of the first tranche of a total of two million doses scheduled by mid-May was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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A file photo of Taliban prisoners looking through the door of a prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan. (AP)
A file photo of Taliban prisoners looking through the door of a prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan. (AP)

Pak should be on FATF ‘black list’ for role in Afghanistan: Canadian think tank

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:57 PM IST
Macdonald Laurier Institute (MLI) made the observation in a report titled “Ending Pakistan’s Proxy War in Afghanistan”. It has been authored by Chris Alexander, who was Canada’s citizenship and immigration minister from 2013-2015
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Car rally near Toronto hails Indo-Canadian collaboration in Covid vaccine supply
Car rally near Toronto hails Indo-Canadian collaboration in Covid vaccine supply

Car rally near Toronto hails Indo-Canadian collaboration in Covid vaccine supply

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 01:41 PM IST
A rally involving nearly 350 cars was held in the township of Brampton in Greater Toronto Area on Sunday to mark the cooperation between New Delhi and Ottawa over the supply of made-in-India Covid-19 vaccines to Canada
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People giving swab samples at Civil Hospital as testing for Covid-19 increases due to a spike in cases around NCR, in Gurugram, India on February 28, 2021. (HT PHOTO)
People giving swab samples at Civil Hospital as testing for Covid-19 increases due to a spike in cases around NCR, in Gurugram, India on February 28, 2021. (HT PHOTO)

India Covid-19 cases may rise as summer will force people indoors: Expert

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:51 PM IST
The warning came from Toronto-based Prabhat Jha, epidemiologist at University of Toronto’s Unity Health St Michael Hospital and executive director of Centre for Global Health Research
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A file photo of a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (AFP)
A file photo of a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (AFP)

Covid-19: Canada to receive 500,000 doses of SII’s Covishield vaccine on March 3

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:50 PM IST
PM Justin Trudeau said, “I want to express my appreciation for the support and partnership of the Indian government in fighting Covid-19, in helping secure these does for Canadians”
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Canada's New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on February 3. (Reuters file)
Canada's New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on February 3. (Reuters file)

Indo-Canadians protest attacks over stance on India’s farm reforms

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The protesters gathered outside the office of the Federal NDP leader in Burnaby in the province of British Columbia. Singh represents the riding of Burnaby South in the House of Commons.
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Umer Jan, 12, takes part in a rally to encourage Canada and other countries as they consider labelling China's treatment of its Uighur population and Muslim minorities as genocide, outside the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC, US on February 19, 2021. (REUTERS)
Umer Jan, 12, takes part in a rally to encourage Canada and other countries as they consider labelling China's treatment of its Uighur population and Muslim minorities as genocide, outside the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC, US on February 19, 2021. (REUTERS)

Canadian panel calls for ‘targeted sanctions’ on China for its role in Hong Kong

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:11 AM IST
It is among the recommendations listed in a report released by the House of Commons special committee on Canada-China relations, marking yet another low in the two countries’ deteriorating ties
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In this file photo, the Canada flag flies above the Canadian embassy in Beijing on January 15, 2019. (AFP)
In this file photo, the Canada flag flies above the Canadian embassy in Beijing on January 15, 2019. (AFP)

Canada’s parliament votes to label Chinese actions in Xinjiang as ‘genocide’

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 12:39 PM IST
House of Commons voted 266-0 for the motion that was brought by the opposition Conservative Party. PM Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet abstained from the vote. Many Liberal Party MPs backed it, though
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Indian diaspora in Vancouver, Canada, holds a 'Tiranga Yatra' against violence on Republic Day in Delhi. (ANI)
Indian diaspora in Vancouver, Canada, holds a 'Tiranga Yatra' against violence on Republic Day in Delhi. (ANI)

India expresses concerns over threat to citizens in Canada

PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 12:05 PM IST
The Indian High Commission in Ottawa raise the issue of safety of Indian citizens in Canada after multiple reports that Indo-Canadians were threatened for pro-India actions, perceived to be critical of the ongoing protests against the farm laws passed by New Delhi
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A file picture of Indian diaspora holding a 'Tiranga rally' against Republic Day violence, in Vancouver. (ANI file)
A file picture of Indian diaspora holding a 'Tiranga rally' against Republic Day violence, in Vancouver. (ANI file)

Indo-Canadian groups seek action against attacks on them over farm law support

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 11:28 AM IST
Sent by the umbrella organisation, National Alliance of Indo-Canadians, the letter was signed by representatives of 28 community bodies.
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Canada’s Justin Trudeau (L) shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 23, 2018. (Reuters file)
Canada’s Justin Trudeau (L) shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 23, 2018. (Reuters file)

Canada to get vaccines from India, Trudeau confirms

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 11:55 AM IST
Referring to his conversation earlier in the week with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trudeau said, “It was good to talk to Prime Minister Modi on a range of subjects including the role that India is playing in producing vaccines for the developing world and other issues that are important to us.”
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India in February 2018. (REUTERS)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India in February 2018. (REUTERS)

Justin Trudeau calls up Narendra Modi, seeks Covid-19 vaccine shipment

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Sanya Mathur
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 12:43 PM IST
Dispatch of shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada is believed to be “imminent” and awaiting emergency-use authorisation by public health authorities in Canada
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Justin Trudeau, Canada's PM, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Canada on February 5, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Justin Trudeau, Canada's PM, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Canada on February 5, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Covid-19: Justin Trudeau dials Narendra Modi for vaccine supplies

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 11:49 PM IST
Indian PM took to Twitter to say that he “was happy to receive a call from my friend, @JustinTrudeau”
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A file photo of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director David Vigneault in Ottawa, Canada. (REUTERS)
A file photo of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director David Vigneault in Ottawa, Canada. (REUTERS)

China poses serious threat to Canada’s security, says Canadian spy agency chief

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Nadim Siraj
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 12:12 PM IST
Canada and China have not been on the best of terms in recent years, especially since the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December 2018
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford watches a healthcare worker prepare a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine at The Michener Institute, in Toronto, Canada on January 4. (Reuters file)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford watches a healthcare worker prepare a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine at The Michener Institute, in Toronto, Canada on January 4. (Reuters file)

Video of MP asking minister if Canada dialed India for vaccines goes viral

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Michelle Rempel Garner, the shadow minister of health for the opposition Conservative Party, pinned the tweet of a video of her questioning minister of public services and procurement Anita Anand, whether she or Canadian Prime Minister had reached out to PM Modi
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Farmers during their ongoing protest against the three farm laws at Tikri border, in Delhi on February 7. (ANI)
Farmers during their ongoing protest against the three farm laws at Tikri border, in Delhi on February 7. (ANI)

Farm protests: Indo-Canadians get ‘threat calls’ for supporting India’s stance

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 12:36 PM IST
One of the victims claimed to have received nearly 70 threatening calls over the period of one week, after he commented on a Facebook post
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Children wearing panda costumes dance during the official reveal of the mascots for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at Shougang Ice Hockey Arena on September 17, 2019. (AFP file)
Children wearing panda costumes dance during the official reveal of the mascots for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at Shougang Ice Hockey Arena on September 17, 2019. (AFP file)

Canada lawmakers seek shifting of Winter Olympics from China over ‘Uighur genocide’

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:06 PM IST
The 2022 Games will go down in history as ‘The Games of Shame’ just as the 1936 edition provided a propaganda platform to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime, they warned in a letter.
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Members of the Indo-Canadian community in the Metro Vancouver area staged a pro-India car rally. Participants waved India flags at the consulate. (Supplied photo)
Members of the Indo-Canadian community in the Metro Vancouver area staged a pro-India car rally. Participants waved India flags at the consulate. (Supplied photo)

Indo-Canadian groups protest over alleged Khalistani role in farmers’ stir

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 01:50 PM IST
More than 350 vehicles participated in a ‘tiranga rally’ in Metro Vancouver, including members from various Indian-Canadian groups in the region
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The toolkit, which was tweeted by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, and then deleted before she posted an updated version, is being linked by Delhi Police to a Vancouver-based organisation, Poetic Justice Foundation (PFJ).(Reuters)
The toolkit, which was tweeted by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, and then deleted before she posted an updated version, is being linked by Delhi Police to a Vancouver-based organisation, Poetic Justice Foundation (PFJ).(Reuters)

India seeks Canada’s assistance in ‘toolkit’ probe

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya, Toronto
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 03:36 AM IST
Senior Indian officials told HT that if the Delhi Police is to charge-sheet persons based in Canada, such a request is tenable under the mutual legal assistance treaty New Delhi has with Ottawa.
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Demonstrators at the Tikri border site of a farmers’ protest against new farm laws, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Amal KS/HT photo)
Demonstrators at the Tikri border site of a farmers’ protest against new farm laws, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Amal KS/HT photo)

Farmers' protest: India may seek help from Canada in Greta toolkit probe

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya, Toronto
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 11:49 AM IST
The toolkit is linked to the Vancouver-based organisation Poetic Justice Foundation. HT reached out to PJF founder Mo Dhaliwal, who agreed to an interview but then said he will issue a statement instead
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People shout anti-farmer slogans and wave India's national flags as police officers try to stop them, at a site of the protest against farm laws at Singhu border near New Delhi on January 29. (REUTERS)
People shout anti-farmer slogans and wave India's national flags as police officers try to stop them, at a site of the protest against farm laws at Singhu border near New Delhi on January 29. (REUTERS)

Indo-Canadian groups ask Canada PM to condemn farmer protest violence on Jan 26

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:57 AM IST
An executive in the PMO acknowledged receipt of the letter and said, “Please be assured that your comments have been carefully reviewed.”
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Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announces the listing of new terrorist entities, in a still image from a remote video call in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on February 2. (REUTERS)
Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announces the listing of new terrorist entities, in a still image from a remote video call in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on February 2. (REUTERS)

Canada designates Hizbul Mujahideen a terrorist group

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:31 AM IST
The Pakistan-based, Kashmir-focused group was among 13 added to the list, including several neo-Nazi outfits like Proud Boys.
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A file photo of a nurse displaying a vial of Covishield, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a medical centre in Mumbai, India. (REUTERS)
A file photo of a nurse displaying a vial of Covishield, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a medical centre in Mumbai, India. (REUTERS)

Covid-19: Canadian pharma company plans to import Covishield doses from India

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 10:55 AM IST
The Canadian company, which was not identified, is looking at importing 50,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, developed in the UK and manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India under the Covishield brand
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already spoken on the phone with US President Joe Biden, in his first call to a foreign leader following his inauguration, on January 22. (REUTERS)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already spoken on the phone with US President Joe Biden, in his first call to a foreign leader following his inauguration, on January 22. (REUTERS)

US to help free Canadians held in China, Harris assures Trudeau

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 11:48 AM IST
Harris “expressed strong solidarity with Canada regarding the issue of two Canadian citizens unjustly detained by China, and she made clear that the United States would continue to do everything it can to secure their release.”
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A traveller walks into a Covid-19 testing clinic at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bloomberg)
A traveller walks into a Covid-19 testing clinic at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Bloomberg)

Covid: Flyers to Canada to be tested, will have to pay for quarantine

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod JanardhananAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Besides a negative Covid test prior to boarding the flight, as mandated in January, incoming passengers will have to also get tested again after landing at a Canadian airport.
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Activists of farmers' unions raise slogans in Amritsar on January 30 as they observe fast in solidarity with the ongoing agitation against farm reforms. (PTI)
Activists of farmers' unions raise slogans in Amritsar on January 30 as they observe fast in solidarity with the ongoing agitation against farm reforms. (PTI)

Canada oppn MPs put pressure on PM to condemn ‘police brutality’ on Indian farmers

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 12:08 PM IST
Leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) Jagmeet Singh has started a petition campaign on his party’s official website, which reads: “The Indian government’s use of violence on farmers protesting mass privatisation of the agricultural sector is appalling.”
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India intends to formally complain to Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the country’s foreign ministry, over allowing the pre-planned blockade of the consulate in Vancouver by protestors ostensibly opposing the farm laws. (TWITTER)
India intends to formally complain to Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the country’s foreign ministry, over allowing the pre-planned blockade of the consulate in Vancouver by protestors ostensibly opposing the farm laws. (TWITTER)

India takes up with Italy, Canada incidents outside missions in Rome, Vancouver

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:36 PM IST
  • In Italy, unidentified persons painted the slogan “Khalistan Zindabad” on the facade of the Indian embassy in Rome and put up several pro-Khalistan flags and banners at the gate ahead of Republic Day.
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