Mumbai, Feb 20 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau underlined here today that the ties between his country and India will not move ahead only on the political front and that there there are "so many different ways you can engage". He has already been to Agra for a visit to Taj with his family.
"It's not like the prime minister is not going to meet him at all".
India accuses Canadian administrations of backing separatist groups although Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, a Sikh, has publicly denied that his community was sympathetic to the Khalistan cause.
Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trudeau not to let this issue divert their focus from trade, Dhaliwal said the economic interests of India and Canada are complementary.
Trudeau was accompanied by his wife Shophie and three children Xavier, Hadrien and Ella-Grace Margaret as they paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Ashram here.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family members were dressed in Indian traditional attire.
"A lovely place of peace, humility and truth, that is as needed today as it ever was", read the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's message of honor for the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, which he visited on Monday, along with his family.
The report went to say that while the trip was being touted as a bid to "heat up Indo-Canadian relations", the response to it so far has been dubbed as "lukewarm" back home.
In the past, Prime Minister Modi has received former US President Barack Obama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the airport, during their diplomatic visits to India.
Trudeau is scheduled to be in Punjab Wednesday for a visit to the Golden Temple, the holiest site in Sikhism.
Some have suggested that Trudeau and other Canadian politicians have not taken a position on the matter due to their plans to woo the 1.4 million-strong Indian-origin community, many of them Sikhs, for the elections next year. Earlier this month, Singh told Outlook India magazine that "there seems to be evidence that there are Khalistani sympathizers in Trudeau's cabinet". "I'm a feminist! Empowering women isn't just a right or nice thing to do but rather a smart thing to do". But sections of the Canadian media have warned that Trudeau can ignore the problem of Sikh radicalism at his own peril. So no protocols were broken here but nobody seems inclined to ignore allegations that some of Trudeau's colleagues in the Canadian Cabinet had ties with Khalistan supporters.