Is Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Getting Snubbed on His India Visit? - Highlights By: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, their daughter Ella Grace and sons Hadrien and Xavier pose in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra. (Reuters)






1. Is Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Getting Snubbed on His India Visit?



2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi usually breaks protocol to go to the airport to receive important heads of government. No such welcome was given to Justin Trudeau who is accompanied by his wife Sophie and their three children. By Zakka Jacob | CNN-News18Updated:February 19, 2018, 10:58 AM IST facebookTwittergoogleskype



3. Is Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Getting Snubbed on His India Visit? Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, their daughter Ella Grace and sons Hadrien and Xavier pose in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra. (Reuters)



4. Thereís a lot of chatter in the Canadian press about how their rockstar Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is undertaking his first official visit to India, is getting snubbed by the Indian establishment.



5. As has become the norm now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi usually breaks protocol to go to the airport to receive important heads of government. He did it last month for his good friend Bejamin ĎBibií Netanyahu. He famously did it when Barack Obama came to India as chief guest for Republic Day in 2015.



6. No such welcome was given to Trudeau who is accompanied by his wife Sophie and their three children. The receiving minister was MoS Agriculture Ganjendra Singh, not even External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or her two deputies Gen VK Singh or MJ Akbar. Not the kind of reception befitting a rockstar.



7. One reason why Trudeau has been cold shouldered is the apparent support him and his government have been giving to pro-Khalistan voices in Canada. Two of four Sikh ministers in Trudeauís cabinet Harjit Sajjan and Amarjit Sohi have both supported radical Khalistani elements in Canada.



8. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had openly called this out by writing an angry letter to Trudeau soon after assuming office last year. The Canadian side has even reportedly refused an audience to Amarinder when Trudeau visits the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.



9. Even on Sunday when Trudeau visited the Taj Mahal, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was conspicuously missing. Contrast this with the way Adityanath rolled out the red carpet for Netanyahu last month.



10. So far the highlight of Trudeauís trip has been his youngest son Hadrien whose cutesy videos have gone viral on the internet.



11. Part of the reason why the Trudeaus are getting such a lukewarm response has to do with the way his trip has been scheduled. Usually most important visits begin with the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by the official bilateral meetings at Hyderabad House. Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai are usually reserved for the second half of any official visit. In Trudeauís case, the opposite seems to be happening.



12. His visit began from Mumbai on Saturday, Agra on Sunday, Ahmedabad on Monday, Mumbai on Tuesday, Amritsar on Wednesday and finally Delhi on Thursday and Friday. Surely the visit could have been planned better. . By Zakka Jacob | CNN-News18Updated:February 19, 2018, 10:58 AM IST facebookTwittergoogleskype





Highlights Forwarded By: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

Posted on Feb 20, 18 | 4:16 am