India Canada relations remain frozen in time4 min read . Updated: 27 Feb 2018, 08:38 AM IST
Justin Trudeau's India visit was sullied by the epic ineptitude driven by his party's perennially lax attitudes towards Canadian Sikhs sympathetic to the Khalistani cause
In November 2012, then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper made an official six-day visit to India, accompanied by his wife. He was welcomed at the airport by former Indian minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor. Harper’s itinerary included Agra, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and New Delhi with stops at symbolic sites like the Taj Mahal, Keshgarh Sahib Gurudwara in Anandpur and Someshwara Temple in Bengaluru where Harper and his wife garlanded each other with Mysuru jasmine buds, observing thereafter “we have married again". Between meetings with business and government leaders where the former Canadian prime minister pushed for greater bilateral trade and investment, Harper was admonished by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over alleged support from Canadian Sikhs for the establishment of Khalistan. Harper voiced his unequivocal support of “a united India" alongside his contingent that had several ministers of Sikh origin.