When Justin Trudeau decided to go to India, he must have tried to kill two birds with one shot, and dress up like Mr. Darcy in Bride and Prejudice:

You could say that Justin vaguely resembles Martin Henderson, who played Mr. Darcy in the 2004 film.

Trudeau has one of those faces: He also resembles a young Fidel Castro,

and he reminds me of one of my classmates at the University of Georgia (I wonder what became of him? But I digress).

Bride and Prejudice was rollicking good fun,

so Justin’s enthusiasm for Bollywood fancy dress must have carried to the rest of his family. Mrs Trudeau and the kids took off their shoes and joined in dressing up while in India.

Then they made thousands of tourists wait in the heat while they had their photo-ops.

It was not a good idea:

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Looks like the Trudeaus studiously practiced “Namaste” in yoga class,

For years I worked with, and had neighbors and friends from India, but I don’t recall much Namaste-ing. Maybe we just didn’t feel like it.

The fancy dress didn’t go over well, but things got worse when the

Canadians had invited a Sikh separatist, now a Canadian citizen, convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian politician to a dinner with Trudeau at the Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi. (It’s not clear how he obtained a visa to enter India.)

The Atlantic quotes,

Shivam Vij wrote in the Washington Post, “for Trudeau, this trip is all about the Sikh vote in Canada.”

It may be, but after the invitation was rescinded Trudeau finally got around to wearing a business suit. He wore Darth Vader socks to meet Prime Minister Modi, a Star Wars fan.

And the trip remains an embarrassment.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog. She’d love to visit India in her regular clothes.