Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India has gone from bad to worse, not least because of his near-obsessive need to dress in over-the-top traditional garments.
The Canadian PM and his family have posed for countless photo-ops with praying-hand symbols and Bollywood-style dresses throughout the eight-day trip. However, what was deemed appropriate and respectful at first, has started to grind on even the most forgiving spectator.
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Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/xqAqfPnRoZ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 21, 2018
Aside from the questionable outfit choices, Trudeau’s trip, intended to improve ties between the two nations, has been tarnished with criticism from both sides.
Firstly, the Canadian first family received a frosty welcome by the Indian government when they were greeted off their plane by the Indian minister of state for agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, rather than by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For context, Modi has personally greeted leaders from the US, the UAE, and Israel on their respective state visits.
The only winners of Justin Trudeau’s trip are India’s roadside clothing vendors, apparently. In fairness to Trudeau, he did promise Canadian investment in India.
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) February 22, 2018
Trudeau is playing dress up, and thoroughly embarrassing himself in India.
Hopefully this is a teaching moment for the PM.
You’re a diplomat, not a celebrity. Act like it. https://t.co/rj86U3Hvju
— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) February 21, 2018
One of the greatest gaffes of the trip was the decision to invite Jaspal Atwal, a sikh extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian politician, to a dinner with Trudeau at the Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi. The invitation was later withdrawn.
Trudeau also reportedly used taxpayers’ money to fly a Vancouver-based celebrity Indian chef, Vikram Vij, to cook for diplomats. Not included in the entourage, however, as Canadian MP Michelle Rempel pointed out, was the country’s agricultural minister, despite India being one of Canada’s most important export markets.
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