The nerve of those dotheads snubbing a strong, powerful, manly leader like Justin Trudeau.
India better watch out or Canada will nuke it into oblivion for insulting such a great man.
Excerpt from The Telegraph
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, received a lukewarm welcome at the start of his official India visit, with some claiming he had been “snubbed” by New Delhi over his support of Sikh separatists.
After landing on Saturday, Mr Trudeau was received by a junior agricultural minister and only by district officials when he visited the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra a day later.
His welcome stands in stark contrast to heads of foreign governments who have been personally received at New Delhi’s airport by prime minister Narendra Modi himself, known for his warm public embraces with world leaders.
Mr Trudeau was also not afforded the usual fanfare of being greeted by the provincial chief minister of northern Uttar Pradesh state, where Agra is located.
Diplomatic sources said by “downgrading” these subtle arrangements, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was “indicating” its displeasure over Mr Trudeau attending an event organised by Sikhs in Toronto last May that featured posters and flags demanding the Sikh homeland of Khalistan.
Canada is home to 4.68 million Sikhs, comprising 1.4 per cent of its population and a small, but influential number of them had financially and politically backed the 15-year long Sikh insurgency in northern Punjab state for an independent homeland of Khalistan or Land of the Pure.
The Sikh separatist movement claimed over 80,000 lives before it was crushed around 1993, but much to New Delhi’s chagrin small groups of Sikhs in Canada have continued to support the creation of Khalistan.
In a running diplomatic battle that has resulted in turbulent ties between the two countries, India has accused successive Canadian administrations, including Mr Trudeau’s, of backing these Sikh groups, known as Khalistani’s. Many such Sikh activists had also acquired political importance, adding to bilateral seesaw relations between India and Canada.
Modi is known for bear-hugging world leaders on their arrival in India, like Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former French president Francoise Hollande and Barack Obama.
This clownshow bears further watching. Trudeau and Modi are scheduled to meet in a few days. Let’s see what happens.