Monday, February 19, 2018

India snubs visiting Canadian Prime Minister

After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his family, and a delegation of cabinet ministers touched down at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday for a week-long state visit, observers were surprised to see the visiting dignitaries were not given a red carpet welcome by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi's absence from the welcoming party had publications all over the world asking whether the move was intended to be a snub to the visiting head of state. Modi had accompanied other world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, during their visits. Modi once even broke protocol to greet a United Arab Emirates crown prince at the airport.


One of the reasons behind the snub, it is speculated, could be the Indian government's concerns over Sikh separatists in Canada and Trudeau's perceived support to the Khalistan movement, Indian media reported. Trudeau once famously remarked that he had more Sikhs in his cabinet than Modi did in his.

Columnist and economist Vivek Dehejia, while speaking to BBC, said: "Yes, this is a major snub. The fact that a junior minister was sent to receive Mr Trudeau and his family is most definitely a snub."

Dehejia pointed out in the BBC report that the reason behind the lukewarm reception could be that several members of Trudeau's cabinet are allegedly linked to the Sikh Khalistan separatist movement, which seeks an independent Sikh homeland in Indian Punjab.


As China's superpower status rises and as Pakistan's nukes go over 300 in number, the pressure on India to give freedom to Khalistan would only increase.

Having a peaceful "buffer country" between 3 hostile powers is an idea that won't go away however much India might hate it.

And Canada will find itself in the center of this mess.

Thankfully Canadian leadership has traditionally been far more mature than that of it's insane southern neighbor.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-02-19 08:45 AM

Insane southern neighbor? Funny, the U.S. isn't threatening Canada with nuclear weapons but Pakistan is threatening India with them. Who is really insane? I'd say the Taliban allies.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-19 09:11 AM

Pakistan is threatening India with them (nukes).

Pakistan's "Strategic Forces Command" has NEVER used any words to threaten anyone with nukes.

If some people are feeling threatened anyway, that's their own business.

Insane southern neighbor?

Electing a DOTARD is either:

1. A failure of the American democratic machinery


2. An act of collective insanity.

I'll put money on No.2...

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-02-19 09:39 AM

India snubs visiting Canadian Prime Minister
Wookie socks should feel right at home then...Canadians snubbed him all across the country on his last tour...and with his latest vilifying of the victim and victimization of the criminals on a recent farm/home invasion case involving First Nation youth gone wild, he's toast .

#4 | Posted by ghoti at 2018-02-19 04:21 PM

Nobody is cow-towing exclusively to ANYONE these days.

You slight someone, it will be repayed.

As it should be.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-02-19 07:42 PM

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