Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stolen everyone’s heart. He is loved for many reasons from supporting equality to his take on feminism. He has always charmed us, be it his smile, eyes or his physique. Don’t you ever think he has come straight out of a romance novel? FYI he is also a teacher, boxer, snowboarder, instructor, bartender, and a bouncer. Well, for Indians he is giving more reasons to fall in love with him by doing desi things. Long before he visited India to pose with his family for photographers at the iconic Lady Diana bench at the Taj Mahal or visiting Sabarmati Ashram, the Canadian Prime Minister did Indian things. We list you seven things that made us believe Justin Trudeau is an Indian at heart.
When he donned ‘Veshti’
In 2018 on Pongal, Trudeau wished Tamil community in Canada on Twitter. He shared pictures of him celebrating the festival with Tamilians. He tweeted, “Iniya Thai Pongal Nalvazhthukkal! Had a great time celebrating Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal in Scarborough this evening.” He was seen wearing a white dhoti, silk shirt, and an angavastram.
In 2017, he uploaded a video wishing everyone for Pongal in English, French, and Tamil.
When he wished ‘Diwali Mubarak’
In 2017, Trudeau donned a black sherwani to celebrate Diwali. He posted a picture of him lighting a lamp during Diwali celebrations in the city of Ottawa. His tweet ‘Diwali Mubarak’ was criticised by some Twitter junta as the word ‘Mubarak’ has its origins in Arabic and was asked to correct his mistake.
When he performed puja
In July 2017, Trudeau attended the 10th-anniversary celebration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Toronto. He was seen donning a blue kurta and pyjama with a flower garland draped around his neck. He participated in the rituals and celebrations in the temple. He took to Twitter to express how he was in awe of the temple and defined it as an architectural masterpiece and a place of communal harmony. He tweeted, “The BAPS Mandir is more than an architectural masterpiece – It’s truly a place for community. Happy 10th anniversary! #bapstoronto10”
When he grooved on Punjabi beats
In August 2016, a video of India’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Canada went viral. And why not? The video featured Justin Trudeau doing the bhangra donning a white kurta-pyjama. He is seen adapting to the steps quickly as if he is doing it for years. Chak de fatte!
When he ended his speech with ‘Jai Hind’
Multiple events were organised to celebrate the 71st Independence Day on the first Sunday following August 15. Trudeau attended the India Day Unity Parade at his constituency of Papineau in Montreal, Quebec cladding a bright purple kurta. He was also seen holding Indian flags. But what impressed everyone was the way he concluded his speech with a chant of ‘Jai Hind’.
When he rolled rotis for langar
During Diwali celebrations in 2013, Trudeau visited two temples and a gurudwara. Donning a kurta, he visited the Gursikh Sabha in Scarborough and efficiently rolled out rotis to distribute at the langar. He tweeted, “Happy Diwali! Happy to celebrate at Gursikh Sabha in Scarborough and contribute to the langar.”
When he performed ‘Mayurasana’
Trudeau performing ‘Mayurasana’ is among the many photographs from Trudeau’s pre-PM days surfaced on the internet. In the photograph, he is seen balancing his body on his wrist on a table wearing formals. The yoga-pose is called ‘Mayurasana’ or peacock pose. While some call it planking, we are happy calling it ‘Mayurasana’.