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Feb 23, 2018

Why Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump Jr had very different Indian visits

Dress ups and gaffes marked both visits, but their deeper significance is a bit more complicated.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis

Journalist

Photo: Justin Trudeau, Facebook.

The Disney prince of Western Democracy, Justin Trudeau, a man who's jawline is so sharp you could prepare a salad with it, has been enduring what seems to have been a pretty miserable week in India. He was snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who didn't meet with him, sending his agriculture minister instead) and accidentally inviting a man convicted of attempting to assassinate a cabinet minister to dinner.

And all the while, much as been made of the fact the he's been dressing up in all manner of traditional Indian finery, multicoloured sherwanis and kurtas -- eliciting a range of responses from amused to genuinely annoyed: Why, a few people fairly asked, are Trudeau and his wife Sophie dressed in wedding outfits outside that Hindu Temple?

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