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Trudeau may have got it wrong—but how can politicians get cultural sensitivity right?

Now the dust has settled on Trudeau's contentious visit to India, politicians must understand that reaching out to minorities is about more than just costumes—or even winning votes

By Binita Mehta-Parmar  

Trudeau's visit to India was met with mixed responses. So how can politicians do better? Photo: PA

Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to India stirred up controversy around the Canadian Prime Minister and his family wearing Indian attire. Critics said Trudeau’s clothing was a “bit much,” and accused him of “playing dress-up.” But his visit to my motherland made me reflect on exactly how difficult it is for any politician to engage positively with a community which is not their own.

In my conversations with Canadian Indian family friends, the images…

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