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indian American The gìäóJpÉéíÉãÄÉê=OMNTI=sçäK=NM=kçK=N ïïïKíÜÉáåÇá~å~ãÉêáÅ~åKÅçã CHAIRMAN AND PUBLISHER SUDHIR M. PARIKH, M.D. COO ILYAS QURESHI EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BHAILAL PATEL EDITOR ELA DUTT EXECUTIVE EDITOR SUJEET RAJAN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS ASHOK DHILLON* ELA DUTT* ROGER CATLIN* RUCHI VAISHNAV* SUJEET RAJAN* LAYOUT & DESIGN AJITA KAPOOR* PETER FERREIRA* BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER JIM GALLENTINE* ADVERTISING SONIA LALWANI* MANOJ VYAS* SHAILU DESAI* MUSLIMA SHETHWALA* HEAD OFFICE 115 WEST 30TH STREET, #1206, NEW YORK, NY 10001 TEL: 212.675.7515 WEST COAST OFFICE 650 VERMONT AVE., SUITE 46, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA 92805 TEL. 661.468.3851 CHICAGO OFFICE 2652 W Devon Ave., Suite # B, Chicago, IL 60659 Ph:773.856.3345/0545/3445, Fax:773.856.3537 WEBSITE WWW.THEINDIANAMERICAN.COM The Indian American is published by The Indian American, LLC. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. No material herein or portions thereof may be reprinted without the consent of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily in accordance with the opinions and views of the magazine, its personnel, its agents and no liability is assumed by the publisher thereof. Advertising copy and artwork are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. No warranties, guarantees or endorsements are made by the publisher. 3 THE INDIAN AMERICAN APRIL-JUNE 2018 Publisher’s Note hat a lot of world leaders make a beeline for India through the year is common enough. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on overdrive meeting leaders from around the globe in his first term in office. But Modi has also ensured that a bevy of world leaders vis- ited India, not just to meet him and his colleagues in the administration, but to see India from up and close, gauge potential, to forge trade and business ties, foster greater diplomatic bonhomie. While India awaits a visit by President Donald Trump sometime later this year, what has really stood out and created a buzz globally has been the controversy-marred visit by Justin Trudeau, arguably one of the most famous and charismatic Canadian prime ministers in modern time. While the ‘rock star’ Trudeau, with his boyish charm and liberal views, fascinated younger generation of voters not only in his country, but around the world, when he first became prime minister, his visit to India was a stunning embarrassment. Not just for him, but for all of Canada, a country who have for long embraced Indian emigrants. Trudeau himself is to blame for the diplomatic disaster that the trip to India turned out to be. His sympathy, or perceived sympathy, for the cause of separatists in Punjab, for Khalistan, apart from the terrible decision to delay meeting Modi till towards the end of his trip, contributed to the diplomatic nightmare. Our cover story for this issue, by Ashok Dhillon, delves into Trudeau’s ‘turbulent’ India trip. The story also takes an in-depth look at the Sikh community in Canada, and the power they exert on local politicians. We have otherwise, a heavy focus on culture, entertain- ment and leisure in this issue. Among other stories, there’s a spot report on Hotstar, who made a splash in Brooklyn, New York, with their announcement of acquiring the rights to broadcast the upcoming IPL cricket tournament. To promote their pres- ence in the US, Hotstar brought two famous cricketers from India, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, to Brooklyn, to interact with the audience. It was a well- received meet. We also take a look at the controversial use of images of God Ganesha by several big American companies, to mar- ket their products, a subject that has come up for scrutiny by Hindu groups. There’s also an interview with the charismatic living legend table maestro Zakir Hussain. I hope you enjoy the features in this issue. Wish you a happy Spring! T Dr. SUDHIR M. PARIKH