Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks on India’s handling of farmers’ protests have sparked debate, with politicians in the South Asian country criticising him for meddling in their internal affairs, but Sikh-Canadians praising the leader for raising the issue.

Growers from India’s northern farming states, mostly Sikhs from Punjab, have been camped outside New Delhi for a week, demonstrating against laws they fear could pave the way for the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers.

Indian authorities last week used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the peaceful protests, a development Trudeau on Monday called “concerning”.

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