However peculiar it may sound, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's seven-day visit to India has become the talk of the town. Apart from travelling to New Delhi (which is obvious), Trudeau's itinerary also includes places like Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Apart from business interactions, the major highlights of his trip include visits to the Golden Temple, the Taj Mahal and the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Gujarat.
The Canadian government ensured that Trudeau also interacts with students in India.
Trudeau is accompanied by his wife, Sophie Gregoire and children Ella-Grace, Xavier James and Hadrien Trudeau. The Prime Minister shared with Times Now on Tuesday (February 20, 2018) that this trip to India has helped him show the diversity of the country to his children.
Here are the highlights of his visit to India:
Trudeau's much-awaited trip to India began on a happy note on February 16, 2018. The Prime Minister Of Canada, took to his Twitter handle and shared a picture with a caption saying, "Wheels up for India and a busy visit, focused on creating good jobs and strengthening the deep connection between the people of our two countries."
India's High Commissioner to Canada, Vikas Swarup welcomed Justin Trudeau, and it was indeed a high point for the high commissioner to be able to welcome the Prime Minister on the India soil along with his family.
Justin and his family started the trip by visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, and he was delighted to share his experience with various news portals and his own Twitter handle where he kept people updated on everything.
"For me to be able to be here on an official trip while bringing my kids with me to share this is really special and being able to enjoy this as a dad with my kids is really nice," he said after the visit.
"I was about Xav's age when I first visited the Taj Mahal almost 35 years ago... and it's amazing to be back with him & the family on Day 1 of our trip to India," he had captioned his picture.
He also visited a wildlife sanctuary where captivated Asian elephants were kept post their rescue.
Nadir Patel (extreme left in the picture) is the high commissioner of Canada to India. He is also the ambassador of Canada to Bhutan and Nepal.
Nadir hosted a dinner in honour of the Prime Minister of Canada on February 18, 2018.
The PM of Canada went ahead and visited Ahmedabad in Gujarat. He started his morning with a visit to the esteemed and famous Swaminarayan Akshardham temple with his family.
The Trudeau family dressed in the traditional attire and embraced the flavours and culture of India on their special visit. While sharing the picture on his Twitter handle, Justin Trudeau mentioned that he was delighted to visit the temple.
The Canadian PM was in the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he was delighted to visit the ashram where Gandhi lived from 1917 to 1930. He filled the visitor's book, spun the cotton on a wheel and greeted everyone in the Indian style with a 'Namastey'.
Post all the time that he spent with his family his visit also included some serious agendas and discussions.
On Monday, February 19, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He called himself a 'feminist' and went ahead by continuing his talk which addressed the students. He added that 'we as a society' are underperforming because women in the society are not given enough opportunities so that they can contribute to their full potential.
Trudeau answered a student who asked him: "When the global trend of nationalisation is on the rise, how does he, as a global leader, wish to change the world further towards globalisation".
Trudeau answered by saying that: "One realisation that we all need to have is that we are witnessing more and more encounters with differences. When we meet people who have different stories and background from us, we learn and grow and create a more resilient community."
On his visit to Mumbai, PM Trudeau met great leaders including the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis at the Taj Mahal Palace. The two leaders discussed the commercial relationship between Canada and India at the Canada-India Business Forum. They exchanged some views on innovation, technology and partnership of India and Canada that will yield mutual growth.
Trudeau also met the Gujarat CM, Vijay Rupani. The CM of Gujarat invited Trudeau at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, 2019, with his country's delegation.
Trudeau visited the finance capital of India and became a part of various round-table conferences. He actively participated in various discussions to promote trade and investment.
Justin Trudeau dressed in Indian attire to meet the famous celebrities of Bollywood including Anupam Kher, Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar and R. Madhavan.
Trudeau met the famous actor Shah Rukh Khan along with his entire family in the traditional-clad. The PM shared a candid picture on his profile captioning it: "Tonight, we celebrated stronger ties & new co-production opportunities between Bollywood and the Canadian Film Industry. And who better to help than @iamsrk himself... Great to meet you!"
The CM of Punjab met the Canadian PM on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Amritsar. He was received by Hardeep Singh Puri and Navjot Singh Sidhu at the airport.
With a saffron coloured cloth on his head, Canadian Prime Minister visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar. And his family even tried rolling rotis at the Guru Ram Das Jee Langar hall where all the devotees volunteer to feed the visitors.
Various reports and portals had claimed that Trudeau is ignored by the Indian PM Modi but as per Indian Express, he is saving his meeting with the most prominent leaders of India for the last day of his tour.
Let us all hope they have a great discussion. The agenda of their meeting will most likely be the defence the security of both the nations.
That's all folks.
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