Unraveling the Mystery: How Much Does Canada Really Know About the Air India 'Kanishka' Plane Crash?
Latest World News: As the 38th anniversary of the tragic Air India flight 182 bombing, also known as 'Kanishka,' approaches on June 23, 1985, it is disheartening that a significant number of Canadians still lack awareness about this darkest chapter in their nation's history.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI), a non-profit public polling agency, the findings revealed a staggering lack of awareness among Canadians regarding the deadliest incident of mass killing in their history. The study highlighted that an overwhelming majority of nine out of ten Canadians admitted to having either minimal (61%) or no (28%) knowledge about this tragic event, with a significant portion of those under 35 (58%) stating that they had never even heard of it.
The Kanishka bombing, orchestrated by Khalistani terrorists, stands as one of the most catastrophic acts of aviation-related terrorism prior to 9/11. This horrific attack resulted in the loss of 329 lives, with a staggering 280 of them being Canadian citizens.
Tragedy struck the ill-fated flight, which was en route from Montreal to London with a stopover in Toronto, as it fell victim to a devastating act committed by Khalistani terrorists. The remnants of the aircraft were scattered along the coastline of Ireland's Cork region, while the remaining wreckage sank into the depths of the North Sea. The incident claimed the lives of all 307 passengers and 22 crew members on board. Today, it is observed as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.
According to the ARI survey, a mere 11% of Canadians claim to possess substantial knowledge about the incident, while the majority (61%) are only aware of the primary details. Shockingly, three out of ten individuals (28%) have not even heard of the Air India Bombings, as per the survey's findings.
This anniversary arrives amidst a tense atmosphere, intensified by the recent killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Nijjar, a Khalistani activist and president of a gurdwara in British Columbia, was fatally attacked on Sunday evening. Although Nijjar faced terrorism charges in India, none of these accusations were proven in a Canadian court.
The incident, which occurred in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, where Nijjar held a leadership position, has led the secessionist group Sikhs for Justice, with which he was associated, to accuse India of orchestrating the killing.
Authorities are actively searching for two masked individuals believed to be involved in the murder. Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) emphasized their commitment to uncovering the truth and allowing the evidence to guide the investigation, amid widespread speculation about the motive.
In a concerning development, plans for a car rally in Toronto have emerged, organized in honor of Talwinder Singh Parmar, who is considered the mastermind behind the bombing conspiracy. This rally has sparked outrage among the families of the tragedy's victims.
Throughout Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), posters promoting the rally have surfaced, along with other posters highlighting the incident as the 'Deadliest Terror Attack in Canadian History,' with a mention of '329 killed by Khalistani terrorists' this year.
As highlighted by the ARI, the passage of 38 years has resulted in the fading memory of the deadliest terrorist incident in Canada's history among the majority of Canadians.