Bhangra, biryani, sherwani: Here's why Canada's new PM is basically Pakistani

Published: October 22, 2015
As if you needed more reasons to love him! PHOTO: THE STAR

As if you needed more reasons to love him! PHOTO: THE STAR

Canada’s new McDreamy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, didn’t just win the elections, he has won our hearts too.

With women all over the world wanting to pack their bags and move to Canada, we thought we should give Pakistani women some more motivation.

Two Pakistani women elected in Canadian elections

NEWSFLASH: He is basically Pakistani.

Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself!

Here’s Trudeau rocking a sherwani like a true desi:


And look at those kolhapuri chappals! He didn’t just stop there, the man also knows how to pull off some killer bhangra moves. Look at him get his groove on:

Canada’s new PM Trudeau vows to bring hope, change

He’s the perfect package — he also wears a kurta shalwar and goes to the mosque. And what is more Pakistani than sitting cross-legged and eating biryani?

In addition to all of that, the newly-elected PM also knows how to land a punch or two!




And perhaps the most attractive thing about him is that he’s a proud feminist! In a recent interview with the Toronto Star, Trudeau said, “I’m proud to be a feminist. My mother raised me to be that way, and my father (two-time former prime minister Pierre Trudeau) was a different generation, but he raised me to respect and defend everyone’s rights, and I deeply grounded my own identity in that.”

When Queen Elizabeth haggled over the price of a carpet in Pakistan


And so, we have decided to start a petition for Justin Trudeau to be given honorary Pakistani citizenship and a one-way ticket. All those in favour, say aye!

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Reader Comments (97)

  • SK
    Oct 22, 2015 - 12:57PM

    This article is based on some serious misconceptions…

    1) his party won the elections, but he is not yet the PM. It’s a transition that will take some time..
    2) he is not a boxer; he participated in a charity boxing match against a conservative senator Recommend

  • Zubair
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:02PM

    That is not a Sherwani… it’s a kurtaRecommend

  • nomi
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:12PM

    A liberal, secular man is brilliant and is supported abroad by Pakistanis, but at home, such people are condemned. Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:42PM

    From when did Bhangra, Biryani & sherwani become exclusively Pakistani ? These did not even originate from Pakistan ! LOL.Recommend

  • Shah2u
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:43PM

    It sounds too good to be true. I hope its not a trap – LOLRecommend

  • Sara Askar
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Haha this article had a very buzz feed vibe to it! Loved it! Recommend

  • Madhav Das
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Since when is Kholhapur in Pakistan? And why does the banner behind the dancing PM read Indo Canada Association of Montreal. Recommend

  • sanity
    Oct 22, 2015 - 1:59PM

    and he has 19 indians , 2 pakistanis and 11 ( asians/ chinese filipinos ) legislators in his elected partyRecommend

  • straightshooter
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:00PM

    I don’t recall many people condemning liberal and inclusive Benazir for being such; although tons have dissed JI and JUI leadership. Anyways, félicitations, Mr Trudeau.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:02PM

    Why Pakistan does not have Politicians/Prime Ministers like him ????Recommend

  • junglee
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:05PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    No one said exclusive, Indian. Relax :-)Recommend

  • no kidding
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:07PM

    @Sharath Chandra:

    when did bharat become India? the Indus River is not even located in “India” lolRecommend

  • feeding the troll
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:10PM

    @Sharath Chandra: don’t see anything about exclusivity but guess what, ET is a Pakistani paper! Or do you come here so often that you’ve forgotten that little fact?

    (Its a silly tongue-in-cheek piece anyway, so who cares?)Recommend

  • Khadijafay
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:12PM

    This made me glad actually, hopefully immigration process for Pakistanis will be easier now ;)Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:20PM

    Justin Trudeau, Best of Luck>>Recommend

  • someone
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:31PM

    @no kidding:
    LOL. History is not your forte buddy, specially the subcontinent history. Stick to your “book”. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:42PM

    He was dancing at an Indian event to an Indian song wearing Indian costumes, and you call that being Pakistani. No wonder we are confused as a nation.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:48PM

    If I were a Canadian I’d say…….the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so lets wait and see.Recommend

  • ahmed wani
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:52PM

    1.Dance in Indian-Canadian Association…
    2.Bhangra..Exclusively Punjabi that too Sikhs and Bhangra originated by Sikhs Guru..not by some arabic man…
    3.Sherwani..Kurtaa…Dude this is South Asian Culture…All Indian wear it during festive times…
    Speak truth no need to make anyone pakistan…may be people may not like to assocaited with one….Recommend

  • PakPower
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:01PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    From the day first… Pakistan Represent Muslims and india has no cultural representation…
    Muslims introduced biryani, Kabab, Tikka, Mutton, chiken, And Kurta shalwar as well… Before Muslims invasion Like Gaoo matta Beef restriction they also dont eat any type of meat, So no biryani without meat… And you can see from your sculptures what you wore at that time…
    So actually its Muslim Biryani, Muslim Kurta, Which half of india now follows, And truth is Muslim gave them civilization…Recommend

  • Imran Dhanji
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:24PM

    Isnt his wife a Yoga instructor and appreciates Indian philosophy and culture. Maybe that is the reason he attends Indian events.Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:41PM

    Phew the air in these comments reek stinky winds of jealousy

    blowing from our worthless near east.Recommend

  • SG
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:49PM

    Bhangra, Sherwani, Biryani – all these are more Indian than Pakistani. The banner in the picture clearly says “India-Canada Association Montreal”. This article is a perfect example of “begani shaadi me abdulla diwana”Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:55PM

    Except few elite women who don’t care about age and marital status, no Pakistani woman is after married politicians. The supporters of Imran Khan has similar misconceptions. Like Imran, this guy has nothing to do with Pakistan. Recommend

  • N.Sid
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:14PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    Biryani and Sherwani, love the phonetics, are all developed by Muslim civilizations, the Mughals, the turks, central asian Muslims and people who migrated from those countries to a place called Hindustan. Also the music, the poetry in Persian/farsi and urdu language were all developed during Mughal rule spanning 900 years. You just cannot deny it, and Pakistan was very much a place in the Mughal empire. Its all Muslim heritage…Hindu civilization adapted it.Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:28PM

    Another example of Pakistan’s Identity Crises.
    Canadian PM, wearing Indian ethnic wear, signing to Indian songs at an Indo Canadian gathering and yet claimed credit by the India-hating and crises hit Pakistanis. Irony? Recommend

  • Peace!
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Dear Indian People,

    Please, please… O please read your own newspapers and stick to them. Why do you read Pakistani newspapers and rant stuff against anything that is said about Pakistan even if it is said in good humour. Kindly read, The Hindu, Times of India and whatever you have back home. As for Justin, we’ll call him as much Pakistani as we like!
    @SK: He is the PM designate at the moment; he’ll get the office with all the formalities by Nov 4.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:33PM

    @Imran Dhanji:
    @ahmed wani:
    @Madhav Das:
    @Sharath Chandra:
    Indian as another name Hindustan, Is proved that no longer is secular state it is only Hindu state where as Pakistan is the true representation of subcontinent Muslims. Now M.Bin Qasim invaded sindh 712 A.D and after that Muslims conquered subcontinent and had direct influence and modifications in Hindu culture.
    Now it is clear Dance is Hindu Thing so bhangra is yours because I cant see my women dancing for others.
    Whereas if you talk about qurta, shirwani, Go and see hindu sculptures before Muslims invasion All almost are shirtless, so from where qurta shirvani came, Muslims tailored that.
    Now about biryani
    I see there P.M is eating chiken biryani and chicken was stricky prohibited to all hindus 18 century and earlier so muslims were to have Chicken biryani hence name it Muslim chicken biryani…
    Case solved. Recommend

  • Zafar
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:37PM

    @Sharath Chandra: but the name “india ” comes from word “indus” which flows though pakistan …Recommend

  • Joe Aranjo
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:37PM

    @PakPower: Your desperation to hide your embarrassment at being caught out claiming credit for a culture which is clearly not Pakistani in origin, has forced your bigotry to the fore. The Canadian future PM is clearly trying to ingratiate himself to the Indian community and apparently enjoys the cultural aspects of that country. His wife is an indophile , an expert on Yoga. He would not be even aware that this dance , food , dress has anything to do with Pakistan. Pakistan has no culture of its own to talk of except for the uniqueness of the Baloch and possibly Khyber people. Mainstream culture in Pakistan is almost exclusively Indian in its origin and that includes the Urdu language as well as its music. Even the so called muslim culture that you refer to is purely indian in origin. Deal with it.Recommend

  • Karachite
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:44PM

    With beef ban in Hinduism how come Biryani become a Hindu Indian dish. Even if it is called Indian it is Mulsim of India who introduced this recipe. Same is true of Sherwani, musin, ghazals, urdu, persian, arts and culture its basically all Muslim ethnic culture developed in 900 years of Muslim rule.
    So Pakistan and Indian Mulsims owns the same tradition and culture with a large number of Indians of other large groups like Hindu, also adopting the same ethos. Recommend

  • JSM
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:52PM

    Now you can claim that the name “India” is a Pakistani name.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:15PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    Bhangra originated in Punjab which is MOST of modern day Pakistan as compared to less than 2% of India. Sherwani is not Indian, its Turkish, brought in by muslims. Biryani was introuduced by the Mughals i.e foreign invaders. If they had mentioned Vindaloo, pajama, or Sari, you Indians can proudly lay claim to it. Please educate yourself and leave Pakistanis alone. Recommend

  • Sar
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:32PM

    That is interesting especially when mullah class displays this behaviour. In Canada, they are filled with joy over the victory of a secular person however back home they will truly despise such an outcome. Hypocrisy runs deep in our blood…Recommend

  • SG
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:50PM

    Agreed that Biryani, Sherwani come from Muslim community, Bhangra from Punjabis. But consider these –

    Muslim does not mean only Pakistani. There are more Muslims in India than total Pakistan’s population.
    Biryani, does not mean only beef. Biryani is also chicken, lamb and also of vegetarian variety without any meat
    India does not mean only Hindus. India is an amalgamation where people of many religions and cultures co-exist peacefully. You may read one or two stray incidents of communal friction once in a while, but everyday life of a common citizen is not what you read in Pakistan’s newspapers.

    I am an Indian Muslim, with many Hindus, Sikhs and Bengalis as childhood friends, living in South India, enjoying Sambhar-dosa as much as veg biryani and Bengali Rasogulla

    So when you see a Canadian wearing Sherwani, eating BIryani in a function where you have a banner saying “India-Canada Association, Montreal”, and you start taking pride that he is basically a Pakistani, you are doing just this – “begaani shaadi mei Abdulla diwana” !Recommend

  • True
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:17PM

    The heading is nothing but naive thinking. Attending cultural events doesn’t change anyone’s nationality, ethnicity but some are quick to draw conclusions. There are only Canadians in Canada where people come from different parts of the world & become a melting pot of different cultures. It would be immature to assume that by having pizza in Australia will make an Aussie an Italian. May be this part of the world will take it’s own time to grow or may be never…. remain to be seen.Recommend

  • sabi
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:54PM

    nomi wrote
    “A liberal, secular man is brilliant and is supported abroad by Pakistanis, but at home, such people are condemned.”

    One small correction:
    “A liberal, secular man is brilliant and is supported abroad by Pakistanis, but at home, such people are murdered.”Recommend

  • aurangzaib
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:55PM

    its just too early to say. let see what kind of policies he came up with.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:16PM

    Okay, looks like our Pakistanis brethren now are actually proud of their South asian melting pot culture. Sherwani originated from the current India, yes from the muslim community. As Indians we are happy if Pakistanis see it part of their identity. Coming to Biryani, it is a rice dish. Rice was the common grain in south of India, just like any cosmopolitan culture with Arab traders very active in South India, it has strong arabic/persian influence. None of the spices you put in Biryani is native to any of the Arab countries. The R&D of current day Biryani was probably in a Mughal kitchen in India. So has muslim influence but happened in current day India.No problem again if Pakistan sees this as equally theirs. Similarly Naan/Roti, Carrot Halwa and many many more dishes came due to Mughal influence. If you go to southern India you will see Idly/Dosa as their favorite dish. These are made out of fermented rice, there is a theory that South India learnt about fermenting rice from South-East asians. The Tamil Kings were very active in south asia for many hundreds of years. The idea of India is about inclusive culture(in spite of recent headlines). The concept of Pakistan was an anti-thesis to that inclusive culture. Today many Pakistanis identify themselves to muslim brotherhood than the South Asian inclusive culture. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:20PM

    Concept of Poultry was invented by Hindus. Try eating biryani without any spices next time. Oh I forgot the biryani rice too that was used came from India. All popular biryani are from India. Clothes, Food has nothing to do with religion. People are eating biryani even before Muslims. Biryani, Shewani, Kolapuri Chapals and Bhangra has nothing to do with Arabs and Islam. Without hindu numerals can you sew a Kurta Pajama?Recommend

  • junglee
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:44PM


    True…Reminds one of Mahatama GandhiRecommend

  • IndianGuy
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:48PM

    @Zafar: The word ‘Hindu’ is also derived from the name of the river ‘Indus’. Now you would say Pakistan is the true inheritor of the Hindu culture too !Recommend

  • sam ganguly
    Oct 22, 2015 - 10:52PM

    a canadian candidate does something to make his candidature stronger to make sure his cash flow continues, and the people of two countries thousands of kilometers away starts fighting over it…sighRecommend

  • AJ Jiwani
    Oct 23, 2015 - 1:07AM

    Wow….what is going on here !? While here in Canada, we are all Canadians, regardless of origin of ethinicity . Rather to identify, where the origin of the food/clothing came from, just enjoy the South Asian food and clothing ! Phew !…..Other communities are making “fun” and ridiculing us because of our stupid mentality ! Just appreciate you are NOW in Canada and enjoy the beautiful land of this great country !……..Oh Canada !Recommend

  • K Banerjee
    Oct 23, 2015 - 1:22AM

    @ Pak Power : Hindus may have historically avoided beef , but the assumption that chicken meat was forbidden to Hindu society is foolish ….. The assumption that Biryani could have been made the way it is without the subcontinent’s spices is equally foolish ….Urdu was developed as a syncretic language with Persian and Devnagari elements …..The above elements were part of a syncretic culture , not some kind of Islamic imposition that blind adherents of a discarded two nation theory …..Called Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb ….Although yes , it is true India and Pakistan share this heritage as equals …..May the Lord give you wisdom …..Recommend

  • Mohinder sandhiu
    Oct 23, 2015 - 5:34AM

    @Zafar: When name india came,River Indus was in india, also your forefathers were indians not arabs,just a correctionRecommend

  • Kolsat
    Oct 23, 2015 - 5:58AM

    @Faraz: you seem to be educated yet you cannot seem to distinguish between what is Pakistani and what is not. For example, the Moghuls ruled in India for nearly 500 years hence they are Indian. Bhangada originated in Punjab when it was integral part of India. I can go on but will stop here. Trudeau has yet to prove himself. Just being the son of an iconic figure is not enough. He has to pull Canada out of economic downturn and also reduce its dependence on US. Recommend

  • Amit Lunia
    Oct 23, 2015 - 8:13AM

    @ pak power

    He said one thing which permanently disqualifies him as a Pakistani

    “he was raised to respect and defend everyone’s rights”

    that includes Baloch, Ahamadi, Shia, Hazaras, Hindus , Christians etcRecommend

  • Hanmad Ali
    Oct 23, 2015 - 9:31AM

    This article is very interesting & author has kept it alive. Aye !! At least some lessona for our politicians aswell. !Recommend

  • omar
    Oct 23, 2015 - 10:05AM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    Bhangra is a punjabi dance, 80% of Punjabis live in Pakistan, so Punjabi is basically a Pakistani ethnic group.
    Biryani and Sherwani was imported into India by Muslim invaders, Pakistan is the successor state of the Muslim invaders of India…so Biryani and Sherwani are PakistaniRecommend

  • AR
    Oct 23, 2015 - 11:29AM

    @Amit Lunia:
    Look who is talking.Recommend

  • Reality Bites
    Oct 23, 2015 - 3:46PM

    Typical Indian hypocrisy seen here in the comments:

    Most of the Indians I have come across consider Mughals and Muslim rulers of India as looters, plunderers, invaders and foreigners but their Biryani, Sherwani and Urdu is all ganga jamni tahzeeb and thus should be called Indian only. They wanna own the Biryani and Sherwani but not those who brought these things to their country.Recommend

  • zain
    Oct 23, 2015 - 3:54PM

    why indians are so offended by this post????!!!Recommend

  • Siraj Ahmed
    Oct 23, 2015 - 4:55PM

    Bhangra is Indian, Biryani is Indian, Kurta is also Indian. He is more of an Indian.Recommend

  • rafat siddiqui
    Oct 23, 2015 - 5:01PM

    Too much tension b/w India and pak …relax Recommend

  • MK
    Oct 23, 2015 - 7:36PM


    All the pictures and events Justin is shown participating are Indo Canadian events. Kurta, Biryani and Bhangra are common in both Pakistan and India.

    As for the name India. Let me provide some historic prospect. River Sindh (or Sindhu) was mispronounced as “Hindu” by Persians and “Indu” by the Greeks. And people living on the banks of this river (Modern day Punjabis and Sindhis) were called Hindus (by Farsi speaking Persians) and “Indoos” by the Greeks.

    Term “Hindu” or “Indu” was not used for inhabitants of other parts of sub continent. So Tamils, Mallus, Bengalis, Sinhalese, Ghorkas or Marathas who live in other parts of Sub Continent were not called Sindhus/Indoos/or Hindus. Using term “Hindu” for religion is also incorrect, as it was never mentioned in historical texts of Sub Continent as a religion.

    These are terms, which were given by foreigners to people living in Indus valley only. But later due to colonial legacy of Persians, Greeks, Turks and British, who also ruled over other parts of Sub Continent, it was wrongfully forced upon all of Sub continent.

    North American Natives, like to be called Aboriginals, Native Americans or First Nations. They hate the term “Red Indians” given to them by the colonizers. It is considered an offensive word and is not used within North America any more. Wondering if people of Bharat are proud and Independent enough to shed the colonial terms India, Indian, Hindustani or Hindu. Recommend

  • Girish
    Oct 23, 2015 - 7:43PM

    A Muslim whose predecessors were forcefully converted by invading Arabs speaks about bringing civilization to a place where the world’s oldest civilization once existed!
    It shows the kind of knowledge the current day Pakistanis have about a civilization born on the banks of Indus which is now being dated to days before the last ice age. Yes dude Indus valley civilization dates back 15000 years.
    It is very sad to see that ordinary Pakistanis don’t know any thing about the history of the land of Pakistan before 1947. Indeed very sad.Recommend

  • JSM
    Oct 23, 2015 - 7:52PM

    Not offended- amused.Recommend

  • Shama
    Oct 23, 2015 - 7:56PM

    He is the BEST .Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 23, 2015 - 9:15PM

    India has as many Muslims as Pakistan, Bangladesh has little less & they do not agree with you that only ”Pakistan Represent Muslims..’
    I have heard some eminent Pakistanis concerned about the distorted history taught in Pakistan to brainwash people, your comments prove it.Recommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Oct 23, 2015 - 10:28PM

    Calm down people. We can only inform not enforce knowledge down the throat. All hail md qasim , United umaah, damn with poverty, nuclear weapons, education….and yes strategic depth Afghanistan your so called province.I never said this but isolation with India has led Pakistan to moral corruption since zia days.
    P.s Maharashtra and Bombay is not India , talk about the rest states people.Rab rakhaRecommend

  • True
    Oct 23, 2015 - 10:47PM

    I think you need to get your facts straight. How do you count Punjabi population as you said 80% of them live in Pakistan. Do you ever speak Punjabi in your Assembly. As Tarak Fateh has rightly said that you have murdered the language yourself & made an Urdustan, please don’t come back & claim to be Punjabis. If we go strictly by faith you don’t even fit to be in that bracket as Arab, Pashto or Urdu is not Punjabi. Get over identity crisis that is looming on you where even after 67 years you are still debating a 2 nation theory. Recommend

  • True
    Oct 23, 2015 - 10:51PM

    If you gave us the civilization & there where is your civilization gone now. Look at how you are treated all over (pointing to your visits & complaining all over the world). How can this happen who gave us civilization has gone completely opposite. By the way if you consider someone riding a horse coming to loot, rape & murder is what civilization is then be happy with yours. I think the same is paying back in terms of mayhem & murder in your country.Recommend

  • Mulla Do Piaza
    Oct 24, 2015 - 12:46AM

    Seems like Bhangra, Biryani and Sherwani has unleashed a copyright debate on this article.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Oct 24, 2015 - 12:46AM

    @AJ Jiwani:
    Nobody stops you from enjoying your beautiful land. Your current election in canada was based on the fight between Rightwing politician and the Leftwing. Looks like you have a problem with people expressing themselves. Recommend

  • irfan
    Oct 24, 2015 - 6:56AM

    @Mohinder sandhiu:
    Actually Hindu itself comes from the Arabic word Hind, meaning dark. Hind, Hindia and Hinda used to be common Arabic names in ancient times.Recommend

  • hammurabi
    Oct 24, 2015 - 7:59AM

    Author cannot differentate difference between Indian and Pakistani.Every desi thing used by him is Indian.Recommend

  • shehryar bukhari
    Oct 24, 2015 - 8:01AM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    If taj mahal can be yours then biryani and bhangra are certainly ours.
    Got it??Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 24, 2015 - 8:59AM

    @no kidding:
    ”when did bharat become India?” Long before Pakistan was created, Bharat (South Asia) was known as India in Europe & as Hind in Middle east. Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 24, 2015 - 9:46AM

    Many Pakistanis think that they have a monopoly on South Asia’s Muslim culture, though outnumbered by Muslims in India+ Bangladesh.
    India is proud of its cosmopolitan heritage, including the mixed culture that developed in Mughal India – such as Urdu language, architecture, food recipes
    Secular emperors like Akbar are admired In India while in Pakistani text books, barbaric invaders like Qasim & Ghori are the heroes.Recommend

  • Nil
    Oct 24, 2015 - 11:23AM

    Pakistan has habit, they copy each n every thing from India. Be it culture, sport, media presentation,showbiz, award function,films etc. Actually I do not have issue about that since we also try to copy western in films n real life also but at least we admire and accept but in reverse Pakistan misguide their own people. Disgusting.Recommend

  • Cyrus The Great
    Oct 24, 2015 - 11:44AM

    Both biryani and sherwani are Persian words originated in the modern day Iran and brought to India by Turko-Persian Mongols. Local Indians then adopted these words into their culture but that doesn’t make them Indians. It is so laughable to see indian readers laying claim on Persian words originated in Persia. Indians are only good in aping other cultures and then becoming subservient to that foreign culture. May be in another 100 years Indians will also lay claim to tuxedos, pizzas and English language as well.Recommend

  • sidra
    Oct 24, 2015 - 12:21PM

    shalwar qameez kutaz are associated with Muslim Cultural as Hinduism has no such history regarding it. their idol god n goddess are never seen in those dress codeRecommend

  • Nil
    Oct 24, 2015 - 1:42PM

    All sub-continent Muslims were Hindus once upon time.e.g. Rana, Butt, Chaudhary and many more. Look at their surname remained same except origional relagion.99.99% Pakistani Muslims having Hindu roots.Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 24, 2015 - 4:25PM

    @Cyrus The Great: Yes, biryani (& Shervani) appear to be WORDS from Persian, a language that was used in medieval India’s royal courts. The recipe was perfected in kitchens of Mughal India, using Indian ingredients & skills. That does not make it less Indian than Pakistani. India may not claim English language but Pakistan’s national language was made in India.Recommend

  • NS
    Oct 24, 2015 - 5:57PM

    Come on Indians. You don’t have a problem when Pakistanis enjoy Indian movies and music, so let it be one of such things.Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Oct 24, 2015 - 6:36PM

    I did not see a single lady in the Toronto mosque, I guess that is not the Canadian value ;-)Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Oct 24, 2015 - 8:13PM

    Dancing to the Bollywood beat in front of Tri-colored Indian flag gathering, wearing cloths common in India does NOT one make a Pakistani. I know Pakistanis are always trying to pass themselves off as Indians, but this is too much.Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 24, 2015 - 8:33PM

    @NS: You are right, Indians should not mind- as long as Pakistanis accept that these things are part of our common heritage. It is amusing to see both sides so possessive about these elements of our south Asian culture.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Oct 25, 2015 - 6:25AM


    The biggest foolishness of many Pakistani’s I see here, anything which has Islamic name or origin, they think the own it. Origin is one, adapting to local flavor is different. If Islam = Pakistan, Pakistanis should be able to walk into any Islamic country without visa, can they? Immigration officer looks at passport, and you know what they are thinking when they make the eye contact.

    Anyway, please go tell Boeing that it belongs to PakistanRecommend

  • JSM
    Oct 25, 2015 - 10:20AM

    @Ram Dargad:
    Do Pakistanis accept that there is a common heritage between them and Indians? I request ET to ensure that photographs related to Indians are not used in write-ups about Pakistanis. And it is a fair request.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Oct 25, 2015 - 12:33PM

    @Sharath Chandra
    @K. Banerjee
    @Joe Aranjo
    @ Ahmed Wani
    @Pak Power

    Bhangra, Biryani, Sherwani,Kolapuri chappal all are colors of subcontinent. This is a enjoyable piece whether you are indian ,pakistani or Bangla Deshi.Why you take the mirror and looks your face in it. How many cut you make to make more smaller pieces to reach to your identity.. Nothing you will get in your hands. Trudeao Justin has made the getup to make us feel happy for a moment.Believe me He is not to either side.
    So be happy and cheers the moments..Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 25, 2015 - 4:16PM

    @JSM: ”Do Pakistanis accept that there is a common heritage between them and Indians?” Some of them do (see Nadeem’s comment, next to yours). Many of them dont. It is an individual choice resulting from their education. Why do we need to be disturbed about it.
    ” I request ET to ensure that photographs related to Indians are not used in write-ups about Pakistanis.” In fact the photograph in ET is proof of their acceptance of our common heritage. I welcome it. (Further, you may also see my 5 other comments on this article)Recommend

  • Amir
    Oct 25, 2015 - 5:50PM

    To be like Mr Trudeau one has to be HONEST !Recommend

  • Amir
    Oct 25, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Yes, it is a kurta. But he is also wearing a churidar pajama which is basically an Indian garment.Recommend

  • Vivek
    Oct 25, 2015 - 9:49PM

    @no kidding:
    Indus or Sindhu starts from Manasarover the holy lake from China and passes over to Bharath or India through Ladakh which is Buddist dominated then enters POK just google it. Recommend

  • Joe Brian
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:08PM

    The article is about him having Asian or more into Pakistani background.
    But here in comments the low mentality or must say uneducated people are fighting over India or Pakistan.
    So what?
    He is new Canadian prime minister let’s see what he does for Asians?
    You people comments writers keep on fighting. He might give u electricity, justice, freedom to live or take the poverty away from you.
    Or he will say you are your own enemy. You want to live like this so be that way.
    Don’t get rid of your selfish leaders. They are the ones who has created this hatred & you are their puppetts. So please be like that.Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:13PM

    @Ali: You have many- all show and tell, crisp English and very polished suits & ties but hollow inside. Recommend

  • UnIndian
    Oct 27, 2015 - 9:32AM

    Bhangra is a Punjabi art. Punjabis, Punjabi food/Shahmukhi poetry/cuisine/history/language/rivers/Bulleh Shah/British Punjabis/the rivers and geography of Punjab/Indus Valley/ etc. is all from Pakistan, most historians (even Indian pseudo-historians) know it, and the Punjabis of Pakistan outnumber Indians thrice. Punjabis are only 2% in India. Most Sikhs accepted Punjabi Muslim and Shahmukhi influence in their holy scripture, as Sikhism came after Islam. Only the foreign Hindu Indians had an issue. And no, the Muslim population in India does not outnumber Pakistan anymore, what decade are you all living in? Muslims became a minority and irrelevant after 1947! Look at the state of Urdu in India today. It is hilarious to see the desperation to bring Bengalis into the discussion, most Bangladeshis also passionately dislike India and they have nothing to do with Urdu or sherwani/biryani anyway.

    The sherwani was promoted prominently by Muslim League and national Pakistani icons and the meat biryani (particularly the famous Sindhi biryani which Indians love) were all brought by Muslim dynasties who most Indians have disowned in their history as invaders. So the comments above reek of hypocrisy.

    As for Pakistan, see this Tweet by Justin Trudeau congratulating Pakistanis on their independence day with Pakistan Zindabad:
    And also his official post on the party website where he acknowledges the Pakistani Canadian community

    As for the Indian function, there are also photos of Trudeau in Pakistani events (with Pakistani flag in background and community members) and in the mosque, all it takes is Google! He’s a national leader and that’s why he’s famous. Canada is a modern society, not a backward nationalist and chauvinist one like IndiaRecommend

  • Usman
    Oct 27, 2015 - 10:48AM

    @Shah2u: It is a trap….another politician tricked us…google his videos, he is openly supporting Israel. Recommend

  • Nadim
    Oct 28, 2015 - 1:50AM

    Justin Trudeau truly defines the definition of Liberal. He visited mosques, Sikh temples, synagogues & any religious building that came his way. He accepts people of all genders (straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc), & has promised that half his cabinet ministers will be women. He his open to everything & finds nothing questionable. Recommend

  • Nadim
    Oct 28, 2015 - 1:52AM

    Trudeau is the ultimate Liberal. He supports everybody. Recommend

  • Alli
    Oct 30, 2015 - 6:47AM

    We want to see how he handles the West Indian culture, next. Recommend

  • imran
    Nov 6, 2015 - 9:37AM

    @Sara Askar:
    yes sara.

    this article is charming pakistani tradition.Recommend

  • Nov 7, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Since when indigenous Pakistani Hindu becomes Muslims if you remember.Recommend

  • Nov 7, 2015 - 12:29PM

    Could you please tell us what religion present day Pakistani muslims used to followed before invasion of Bin Quasim and introduction of Islam in subcontinent.Recommend

  • Syed Badar Shah
    Dec 23, 2015 - 3:39PM

    Dear Sir:

    Justin Trudeau, Best of Luck. I congratulate you from the core of my heart on your selection as PM .


    Lahore – Pakistan

    Pl. reply me on my email:

    Mob: # is 0092 3009442080Recommend

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