Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau begins weeklong India visit

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But Indian and Canadian media said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sidestepped his Canadian counterpart over the Trudeau administration's perceived support for Sikh separatists and dealings with Sikh groups in Canada.

Trudeau along with his wife Sophie and three children land at the Delhi airport and were greeted by the minister of state for agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Indian ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup.

At the IIM-Ahmedabad event, Trudeau also spoke about feminism and women's rights. Amdavadis, who have in the past, been at the receiving end of endless traffic jams and travel restrictions due to blocked roads for VIP visits, were pleasantly surprised that Trudeau and his convoy did not hold up the traffic in the city.

At the request of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan - who was snubbed by Singh when Sajjan visited India last April - Canada's high commissioner was dispatched to set up a meeting with Singh, Trudeau and Sajjan later this week.

The reason for the lukewarm welcome according to Dehejia could be that members of the Canadian government are associated with the Sikh independence movement, the Khalistan movement, which seeks to create a separate independent Sikh homeland in the Sikh-dominated northern state of Punjab.

Officials said that the chief minister will hold a meeting with Trudeau at a hotel in Amritsar after Trudeau pays obeisance at the Golden Temple.

Briefing about his interactions with the Indian business leaders, he said prospects of Canadian investments in India were also discussed, especially the role played by the pension funds of Canada. The 46-year-old foreign leader arrived for a weeklong visit to India with his family on February 17. He said Sikhs were anxious about the under-currents as Trudeau's visit has been used by Modi govt to pit majority community against minority. The Canadian prime minister needs to acknowledge India's concerns in order to take bilateral relations forward and build on the tremendous potential that exists in so many fields, ranging from nuclear energy to people-to-people contacts.

The meeting comes amid simmering tensions between India and Canada about the demands in some Sikh communities for an independent state called Khalistan. Welcoming more Indians to his country, Trudeau said the 1.3 million-strong India-Canadians are a great strength for this nation.

Days after that, the visiting Canadian officials had denied of having any official meeting between the two.

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

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