Khalistan issue has derailed focus of Trudeau's visit: Herb Dhaliwal (IANS Interview)

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Canada is home to roughly half a million Sikhs and a significant number appear to back a decades-long Sikh campaign in India's northern Punjab state for an independent homeland of Khalistan.

"(Chanda Kochar) think business to business or government to government, but I think people to people as several people come to Canada from India, students, and entrepreneurs. "It takes a tremendous amount of strength to be strong, without having to be aggressive, without having to pick fights, instead of looking to better understand each other, to better question yourself", Trudeau said.

Amarinder Singh had refused to meet Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan during the latter's visit to Punjab a year ago.

Junior agriculture minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who is, as one Canadian put it, like a (mere) "parliamentary secretary in Canada" was sent to receive Trudeau and his family at the airport along with the Indian Ambassador to Canada, Vikas Swarup.

On February 21, Trudeau will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines, and is also expected to visit the partition museum, officials said adding that he would land at the Amritsar airport in morning and would return to Delhi by 2 p.m.

Medhora said the biggest barrier to increased Canada-India trade is the fact that India used to be very closed to external investment and trade and when it started to open up, Canada was slow to jump in.

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Since our reconciliation system was very tight we could catch the attack in three attempts. The Indian Consulate in Instanbul is now working to help repatriate that amount.

"I think the rest of the world is learning about leadership from you", Mahindra told Trudeau in a brief, public portion of their meeting Tuesday. In 2012, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Indian government set a goal to reach $15 billion in trade between the two countries by 2015. "Free trade deals are nice to have but not necessary for trade to grow". "They end up contributing tremendously for the country and society", he said. Notably India is a big market for Canada for farm products, particularly lentils and chickpeas, as well as for uranium. The tariffs hurt Canadian pulse crop producers by virtually eliminating India as a market.

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa hopes that the visit of Justin Trudeau to Darbar Sahib in Amritsar would become a historic one promoting Sikh-Canadian relationship. Much has also been made of the lack of a personal welcome and an embrace from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gestures that have been extended to leaders ranging from US President Barack Obama to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

Commentators also noted that there had been no tweet from Modi's official account welcoming Trudeau and that he had not accompanied the Canadian leader to his home state of Gujarat.

Throughout the city of Ahmedabad, billboards and banners with Trudeau's and Modi's photos and the slogan "Long Live India-Canada Friendship" lined the motorcade route.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Monday.

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