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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's India visit finally concludes
Finally, the week-long visit of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to India is over. A visit full of controversies, it is not clear whether it succeeded or failed in bridging the perceptual gap between the two countries. Only time will tell. However, there is no doubt that it was verging on disaster not seen in the recent Indian diplomatic history.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau landed in India on 18 February along with a delegation of six cabinet ministers, four of them Sikhs with some having pronounced leaning towards the Sikh separatist movement. There were a fairly large contingent of Sikh MPs too. However, the bone of contention was one Jaspal Atwal whose name has been quite popular in Khalistani separatists' circles. But the big question is, how did he get the visa to travel to India? How was he allowed to remain present in Trudeau's fixtures? The Canadian officers are blaming Indian babudom for taking Atwal's name out of the black listed. But then, how come he was present during Trudeau's meetings organised by the Canadian Embassy, despite the consulate being specifically told of India's feelings about him?

Trudeau visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar for photo ops but was not keen on meeting Captain Amarinder Singh, the CM of Punjab. Finally, he met him under pressure from the Indian media. In this seven-day planned visit of Canadian PM Trudeau, first few days were only scheduled for sightseeing, with official work only scheduled for last few days. This is just the opposite of normal visiting schedule where the visiting dignitary first finishes off his official work. This gave an impression that the main purpose of this visit was sightseeing and propagating goodwill in his Sikh constituency back home in Canada.

It is a good thing that in his one to one meeting with Justin Trudeau on Friday, 23rdof February, Prime Minster Narendra Modi made it very clear to the visiting dignitaries that India will not tolerate anybody or any country questioning its integrity, sovereignty and oneness. It is good that the message has gone home to Canada, as is obvious in the joint declaration between the two countries, where they have condemned cross-border terrorism, monitory help to terror and state sponsored terror.

Indian snub to the Canadian PM's visit is quite apparent with PM Modi not even going to receive Trudeau at the airport. A junior minster was sent off insteadwho was not even of cabinet rank. Normally, PM Modi tweets a welcome message to the visiting guest, even that was missing. When Trudeau visited Agra and Ahmadabad, the CMs of both UP and Gujarat were missing. All said and done, it is good that India has made it clear to Canada that it cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. If Canada wants to have good relations with India, it cannot hobnob with Sikh separatists and Pakistani jehadis.

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