Justin Trudeau 'Snubbed' by Indian Government on Official Trip

Justin Trudeau 'Snubbed' by Indian Government on Official Trip

New Delhi (CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first official visit to India is generating plenty of publicity, but for all the wrong reasons.

Though the Canadian leader is more than halfway through a week-long trip, he has yet to meet with a single senior member of the Indian government, sparking widespread speculation he has been "snubbed" by New Delhi.

Trudeau landed in India along with his wife and three children on Saturday, beginning a winding tour across the country that has so far seen the family pictured at the Taj Mahal and wearing traditional dress at Mahatma Gandhi's ashram in the western state of Gujarat.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with his wife and three children, arrive in New Delhi on February 17.

Missing from the picture at any of these locations, as well as during the family's initial arrival in Delhi, is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The optics don't look good," said Vivek Dehejia, a senior fellow at Mumbai-based think tank IDFC Institute.

"All you can see are the Lonely Planet-style pictures of his family at the Taj Mahal and in Gujarat, but he's not had a single official event."

Modi is known for his hugging diplomacy. He is pictured in awkward bear hugs with leaders including both former and current US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Trudeau's visit, in particular, is playing in stark contrast with the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who just last month was greeted with a hug by Modi immediately upon landing in Delhi.

All this "is creating a perception that this a lower-level relationship, that this is a less important relationship to India," said Dehejia, who is also an economics professor at Carleton University in Canada.

 

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