Govt Denies Perceived Snub To Canada PM Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau With Family In Tow Visits Taj Mahal

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau with wife and children visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday

'PM Modi and Sushma did not even tweet any welcome message for the Canadian premier, ' the report added. Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and his children, Xavier, 10, Ella-Grace, 9, and Hadrien, 3, will also be on hand.

"This, they noted, was in marked contrast to the warm welcome and hugs from Prime Minister Modi that marked the arrivals of USA president Barack Obama, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan". SGPC, an apex religious body of the Sikhs, will honour Trudeau by presenting him a Siropa (robe of honour), replica of the Golden Temple and a sword, an SGPC official said.

But Candice Malcolm, a columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper, insisted that Trudeau has been given the "cold shoulder" by the Indian government.

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At the management institute, the Prime Minister underlined the potential of bilateral trade between India and Canada to grow from $8 billion in goods and $2 billion in services now. Two of four Sikh ministers in Trudeau’s cabinet Harjit Sajjan and Amarjit Sohi have both supported radical Khalistani elements in Canada. Ottawa cites freedom of speech to assert that it can not act against those who "peacefully" support the demand for Khalistan.

He said the indifferent attitude suggest that the GoI is readying to "corner Trudeau during his meet with Modi by discussing Canadian Sikhs activism who raise voice against human rights violations and state repression in Punjab". He has other engagements. Instead, the Trudeaus were escorted by the Agra district magistrate and some other local administrators. Much has also been made of the lack of a personal welcome and an embrace from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gestures that have been extended to leaders ranging from US President Barack Obama to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

Justin Trudeau said heterogeneous society is the new reality and the biggest challenge is to understand how differences can become a source of strength -"something that India and Canada have done fairly well" and "can do better".

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Dehejia pointed out in the BBC report that the reason behind the lukewarm reception could be that several members of Trudeau's cabinet are allegedly linked to the Sikh Khalistan separatist movement, which seeks an independent Sikh homeland in Indian Punjab. "We support one, united India", Trudeau said at an event in Mumbai.

Canada mainly imports pearls, organic chemicals, pharmaceutical products, textiles, bicycles and motorcycles from India.

He said, "When I was the Cabinet minister, I had met Prime Ministers (I.K.) Gujral, Manmohan Singh and (A.B.) Vajpayee and raised the issue of punishment for those behind the 1984 riots".

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