In the first installment of Desiland’s Currying Votes series, Niru examines the origins of the Khalistan movement for independence in the region of Punjab and its supporters’ influence in Canadian politics. She tells the story of her friend Seema and the Air India disaster of 1985, then chats with Balraj Deol, editor of Canada’s Khabarnama Punjabi Weekly, and Wrongspeak podcast host Jonathan Kay. Wrongspeak listeners: Welcome to this special crossover episode! If you have already heard the “Khalistan in Canada” conversation with Niru, Jon and Balraj Deol on Wrongspeak, skip to the next episode at the 19:00 mark to hear more from wrongspeaking journalists Terry Milewski and Terry Glavin. Coming up on Desiland’s Currying Votes series: Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, Adrienne Batra and the Khalistani argument. If you are a Khalistan leader in Canada and would like to be interviewed for this series, please contact us via Desiland.ca. Thank you and Namaste.