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Sidelining the two-way economic and cultural partnership, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's state visit to India was overtaken by his hosts' religious sensitivities on the prickly issue of Sikh nationalists in Canada.

"There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism". The backdrop is tensions over Canada's perceived sympathy toward the Khalistan movement, with international media following Trudeau's India tour in the form of headlines noting that the Canadian PM received what was far short of a grand welcome from Indian officials.

The Trudeaus didn't seem to mind, posing for pictures at Sabarmati Ashram dressed in reds, yellows and oranges.

The highlight, of course, was the Trudeau family's rendezvous with some Bollywood celebs.

The sources said the two leaders talked about bridging the gap of inequalities in society and how important pluralistic values were and how destructive divisive politics can become and hurt society. On his part, Trudeau described India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation. I particularly look forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien.

Delegation level talks are also being held, with a number of agreements expected to be signed in several areas between India- Canada. The High Commissioner, Nadir Patel, too is of Indian origin, but not a Sikh.

The situation in the Maldives was discussed by the two Prime Ministers along with the situation in the Korean peninsula as well as Afghanistan. While Trudeau has definitely had a mix response, there's one major snub that has people talking.

Sarosh Bana is executive editor of Business India.

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