Canadian PM, family pay obeisance at Golden Temple

Canadian PM, family pay obeisance at Golden Temple

Canadian PM, family pay obeisance at Golden Temple

It looks like Trudeau is already quite taken with India, if his social media posts are anything to go by.

- June 1984: The Indian army launches Operation Blue Star at the direction of then-prime minister Indira Gandhi, attacking the Sikh separatists fortified within the Golden Temple.

Manjit Singh Gill, a sculptor from Moga's Ghal Kalan village prepared a unique sculptor depicting India-Canada ties and it was put on display at the village on Wednesday. However, Trudeau has assured Singh that Canada does not support any separatist movement in India.

The visit has been overshadowed by non-business-related news such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not greeting Trudeau upon his arrival and accusations of Canadian sympathizing with Sikh separatism and the Khalistan region.

The root of the tension between Punjab and Canada lies in Amarinder Singh's public announcement of "not interested" in meeting Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh due to the latter's soft approach to Sikh extremist groups campaigning for a Khalistan state in April past year.

This meeting will come as a surprise given Amarinder Singh's initial reluctance because of pro-Khalistani stand of some of Trudeau's cabinet colleagues.

"I took up with Trudeau the concerns about militancy [in Canada] we had raised".

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The CM welcomed the PM with warmth and had a one-on-one meeting with him, as well as his accompanying ministers, including Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan.

Officials from the Prime Minister's Office corrected the statement, explaining how Canada will be on the short end of the trade deal: India will invest $250 into Canada while Canadian businesses will spend $750 million on financial ventures in India.

On their visit to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, the Canadian PM opted to wear a bright red Sherwani, while his wife Sophie Gregoire chose a yellow Anita Dongre Kurta pairing it with a red bindi.

- 2003: Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Canadian national of Sikh origin, pleads guilty to manslaughter in connection with the Air India bombing.

Earlier, amid tight security Mr. Trudeau, along with his wife and children, visited the Golden Temple. In the sculpture, he has not shown faces of any politician but just flags of India and Canada holding hands.

The nationalist premier shared a photo of himself meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the same day that Trudeau landed.

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