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Heralding a new era in Indo Japanise ties

Heralding a new era in Indo Japanise ties

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By Vijay Darda

There is a town named Rajgir in Bihar. According to Buddhist Jatak Kathas, Bhagwan Buddha had met bandit Angulimal here in Rajgir. Angulimal used to live in caves and wore the chain of human skulls around his neck. When Bhagwan Buddha came to know this, he went to Rajgir and Angulimal tried to attack him. But the nearer he went to Bhagwan Buddha, the distance between him and Bhagwan Buddha increased. Finally defeated, Angulimal surrendered before Bhagwan Buddha. The folklore is very much similar to the story of dacoit Ratnakar. When Ratnakar tried to loot some saints he got impressed by their erudition and finally became the great poet Valmiki, who later composed the epic Ramayana. Angulimal, similarly, became the disciple of Bhagwan Buddha and stayed for a long time in Rajgir. Today Rajgir is known for its Buddhist temple constructed by the Japanese people.

The story has been narrated here to emphasise the point that such stories have great impact on the Japanese people. This is also evident from the progress of Japan achieved from being a war-ravished country of World War-II - after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - to a global technological and industrial power today.

Today, Japan is the second strongest economy in the world. While China retains the number one position with 1,900 billion dollars GDP, Japan comes second with 1,200 billion dollars. Compared to this India’s GDP is just 300 billion dollars and that indicates many stages of development India has to achieve. Against this backdrop, Laluji’s first visit to Japan can prove to be a watershed visit for railway transport system in india. Reason being wherever Laluji went, he won the hearts of Japanese people with his simple down-to-earth style. While the bureaucrats were surprised at his practical solutions, common people were awed by his simplicity.

Talking about the Dedicated Freight Corridor project, Laluji has made it clear that Japan should not just provide us raw materials but also should share the technical know-how with us. It is clear that Laluji’s expectations are definitely in the interest of our nation coming from a seasoned politician.

The Japanese economy puts more emphasis on partnership. For example, Kawasaki Heavy Industries manufactures trains while the electrical expertise is provided by Mitsubishi. The situation is that both these companies are utilising only 30 per cent of their capacity. Similarly, Mitsubishi has entered into a tie-up with the Birlas in India and in Japan our auto industry giants like Rahul Bajaj and Brijmohanlal Munjal are immensely popular. Only time will tell how far these partnerships go in the days to come. But it is certain that the future of Indo-Japanese economic cooperation is bright. Reason being that both the economies are upwardly mobile and they also share a common culture from ancient times.

(The author is a member of the Rajya Sabha)

Security gets top priority here

Japan has great concern for security set-up. It not only just surprises Indians but also encourages us. One can find CCTV cameras installed at all the places and the entire system is monitored. Once we were in an aircraft and about to land, but we were able to see the runway beneath us through these CCTV cameras. The CCTV cameras are installed at almost 100-metre distance in Japan. At railway stations, you encounter several CCTV cameras - whether you are standing on the platform, in a train or waiting for it.

The monitoring of these cameras is so impressive that they hardly miss any suspicious activity or movement. The CCTV cameras are used for scanning baggages at airport check-in points also. This very concern for security also has helped Japan in its economic progress.

The Buddhist Jatak Kathas tell us that on many occasions, efforts were made to disturb Bhagwan Buddha in his pursuit for knowledge but it never had any effect on him. Similarly, we can hope that the activities of negative elements to put hurdles in the cooperation between these two countries will not have any negative impact on their progress.

Quotes:

Today, Japan is the second strongest economy in the world. While China retains the number one position with 1,900 billion dollars GDP, Japan comes second with 1,200 billion dollars. Compared to this India’s GDP is just 300 billion dollars and that indicates many stages of development India has to achieve.

Against this backdrop, Laluji’s first visit to Japan can prove to be a watershed visit for railway transport system in india. Reason being wherever Laluji went, he won the hearts of Japanese people with his simple down-to-earth style. While the bureaucrats were surprised at his practical solutions, common people were awed by his simplicity.

Captions:

Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and CMD of Lokmat Group of Newspapers and MP Vijay Darda fondling a baby outside the Golden Temple at Kyoto in Japan

Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, minister of state for railways R Velu, CMD of Lokmat Group of Newspapers and MP Vijay Darda, Indian ambassador to Japan Hemant Krishan Singh and his wife Mrinalini Singh having a chat

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