I'm skeptical about how serious India is. It's overseas population provide export markets for Indian cultural goods and services as well as muscle to influence the political and economic direction of a country to favour India's interests. I don't see why it would want to curb it's unofficial colonial program by hampering it in any fashion.
In any case I'm using the article as an excuse to bring to anyone's attention Canada's fraud plagued consulate in Chandigarh, the Punjab state's capital.
The consulate was opened in 2004 by the Liberal Party of Canada at an operating cost of $25 million a year to reward Sikh voters for their support. Sikh's are a well organized voting bloc in Canada and all of Canada's political parties are aware of this. To one-up the competition the Liberal's opened the consulate while ignoring warnings that Punjab is a hotbed of documentation fraud and the consulate will only expose Canada to more of it. And that is just what happened and since votes are at stake the Conservatives have done nothing to shut it down.
Instead we are entreated to the intellectual bankruptcy of the likes of that nitwit Olivia Chow as well as Jason Kenney, Canada's current minister responsible for immigration, who is in ethnic vote pandering mode.
In seems to them that only high acceptance rates for visas and permanent residency applications are the only proofs needed to illustrate that Canada has a working and fair system. According to the article Olivia Chow, who is the NDP's immigration critic, "took to Twitter in Canada, writing that it’s 'unacceptable' that one out of two Indians who apply at the Canadian mission in Chandigarh for a visitor’s visa are refused. Chow also wrote that only 29 per cent of student visas are approved." In response, "Kenney fired back with his posts, writing 42 per cent of student visas are now approved in Chandigarh and that the overall approval rate there for visas is now 48 per cent."
The problem with their line is thinking hasn't escaped everyone.
Some Canadian diplomats have worried that using approval rates as benchmarks is dangerous territory.
“If the refusal rate is 90 per cent because our immigration agents have determined 90 per cent of applicants are at risk to overstay or present other risks, then that’s just what it should be,” said a former Canadian diplomat posted in India. “It’s not something that should be used as a metric for success.”
That is in response to belligerent Punjabi accusations that 90% of all applications made at the consulate in Chandigarh are rejected as if implying that Canada has no right to deny them entry to the country. I would deny them entry based on that attitude alone.
If 492 bogus "refugees" are enough to get Canadians riled up then I can only image how angry they will be if they knew how Punjabis try to defraud Canadians and their government on a daily basis at Canada's consulate in Chandigarh, Punjab. To me they are the same breed of people because they are using deceit to enter the country. If they have no qualms in doing that to us then why should we allow them into Canada in the first place?
But more to the point is to ask what is the point of a consulate in Chandigarh, Punjab, India if not for political reasons? It's not like Punjabis are India's A students so why the favourtism? Can they not make their applications in Mumbai like everyone else? Why not a consulate in Tamil Nadu as well?
The consulate is a waste of money. It is plagued by fraud and aids in the importation of a people who are of questionable benefit to the country. I see little need for its existence. It needs to be shut down!