Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, family visit Sabarmati Ashram and Akshardham Temple in Gujarat [Photos]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said heterogeneous societies are the new reality and the biggest challenge is to understand how differences can become a source of strength — 'something that India and Canada have done fairly well' and 'can do better'

FP Staff February 19, 2018 22:33:17 IST
Dressed in traditional Indian attire, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, his wife and three children landed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat on Monday. AP
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Dressed in traditional Indian attire, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, his wife and three children landed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat on Monday. AP
The visiting prime minister and his family, in Gujarat on a day-long visit, were received at the Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport by Gujarat minister Ganpat Vasava and Chief Secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh. AP
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The visiting prime minister and his family, in Gujarat on a day-long visit, were received at the Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport by Gujarat minister Ganpat Vasava and Chief Secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh. AP
The first engagement of the Trudeau family, dressed in shades of festive yellow and red, was a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram. AP
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The first engagement of the Trudeau family, dressed in shades of festive yellow and red, was a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram. AP
After paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Canadian prime minister tried his hand at the spinning wheel. AP
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After paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Canadian prime minister tried his hand at the spinning wheel. AP
Trudeau appearing at ease, sported an attractive red bandhgala kurta accompanied by a cream-coloured churidar and even a matching stole. Similarly, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was in a bright yellow long kurta, sporting a completely traditional Indian look. AP
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Trudeau appearing at ease, sported an attractive red bandhgala kurta accompanied by a cream-coloured churidar and even a matching stole. Similarly, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was in a bright yellow long kurta, sporting a completely traditional Indian look. AP
Writing in the visitor's book at the Sabarmati Ashram, Trudeau said: "A beautiful place of peace, humanity and truth that is as needed today as ever." AP
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Writing in the visitor's book at the Sabarmati Ashram, Trudeau said: "A beautiful place of peace, humanity and truth that is as needed today as ever." AP
He then proceeded to the Akshardham Temple in the state capital Gandhinagar and spent about 40 minutes there. AP
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He then proceeded to the Akshardham Temple in the state capital Gandhinagar and spent about 40 minutes there. AP
His last destination was the premier B-school Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for a townhall where he had a lively session with the students, taking questions and replying in great detail. Trudeau said Canada was open to immigration and trade. AP
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His last destination was the premier B-school Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for a townhall where he had a lively session with the students, taking questions and replying in great detail. Trudeau said Canada was open to immigration and trade. AP
On the trade front, Trudeau said that bilateral trade of $8 billion in goods and $2 billion in services had a potential to grow. "When you think of natural connections between India and Canada, especially in the field of agriculture or pulses, where we have slight challenges. We are discussing the potential of growth in pulses," he said at IIM Ahmedabad. Shareen Bhan in a discussion with Trudeau. AP
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On the trade front, Trudeau said that bilateral trade of $8 billion in goods and $2 billion in services had a potential to grow. "When you think of natural connections between India and Canada, especially in the field of agriculture or pulses, where we have slight challenges. We are discussing the potential of growth in pulses," he said at IIM Ahmedabad. Shareen Bhan in a discussion with Trudeau. AP
Referring to the issue of immigration, especially in the context of most of the countries globally looking inwards and raising barriers, Trudeau said that he and Canada firmly believed that the new reality for the 21st Century is going to be heterogeneous societies. AP
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Referring to the issue of immigration, especially in the context of most of the countries globally looking inwards and raising barriers, Trudeau said that he and Canada firmly believed that the new reality for the 21st Century is going to be heterogeneous societies. AP