Trudeau reiterates denial of Sikh separatists in cabinet to Indian politician

Also, he wrote, "Tonight, we celebrated stronger ties & new co-production opportunities between Bollywood and the Canadian Film Industry". Undoubtedly, the expectations from this visit are sky high, and the possibilities boundless.

Wearing an off-white embroidered kurta-pyjama and head covered with a "kesari" (saffron) headscarf, Trudeau entered the complex with wife Sophie, who was wearing a light turquoise kurta and white palazzo and their children, who were also wearing traditional Indian outfits to loud slogans of "Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal".

A clash of political ideals may be behind a perceived snub of Justin Trudeau that has made global headlines as the prime minister passes the mid-point of his trip to India, says one expert familiar with the region. Then, last year, the Ontario Assembly, dominated by Trudeau's Liberal Party, passed a resolution condemning the "genocide" of Sikhs in India in 1984.

According to initial reports, the meeting went off without incident, although that won't necessarily squelch speculation over the possibility that he and the rest of the Canadian delegation have been officially snubbed.

Sikhs comprise 1.5 percent of the total population of Canada.

Madhavan was floored by the "grace and charm" of the Canadian PM. Add to that Canada needs India in the age of the Donald Trump administration in the United States, especially when North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations are under process and can take any shape. "India values its relationship with Canada highly". We welcomed over C$1 billion worth of commercial contracts and agreements.


Trudeau is expected to visit Jama Masjid in the national capital as well. During the visit, there have been no talks on FIPA (Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement). Hopefully, this visit will help solve the problematic situation.

In fact, every vote at the world body counts. But on Monday, he appreciated Trueau's efforts in strengthening the connection between Punjab and Canada.

As the Khalistan issue simmers between India and Canada, New Delhi wants Trudeau to publicly affirm Canada's commitment to "the unity and integrity of India". Sajjan who is native of Punjab was humiliated by Capt Amarinder Singh when former visited Punjab past year.

The nationalist premier shared a photo of himself meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the same day that Trudeau landed. Hence, Trudeau should use the political platform to clarify his stand on this simmering issue, and end the controversy.

Preparations by the Punjab government are in full swing for the proposed visit.

  • Tracy Klein