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Saturday, April 12, 2014

If not Modi, then who? Someone is needed to restore India back to Indians.


April 08, 2014 09:29 IST


http://www.rediff.com/news/column/ls-election-column-tarun-vijay-so-if-not-modi-then-who/20140408.htm


'Someone is needed to restore India back to Indians. So you decided you won't vote for Modi. But then, who will you vote for?'
'List your leaders from the north to south and east to west, and ask your heart and mind, will any one of them be able to deliver and bring back India from the darkness it has fallen into?' asks Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay.
There must be millions who will never get a chance to meet or speak to Narendra Modi. Still they want him -- as prime minister.
They would never ask for a Cabinet berth, chairmanship of a corporation or even membership of the Minorities Commission from the 'Hindu quota' as some of the worst Hindu-baiters availed of in this regime.
So what ignited their minds?
I was in Karimganj, near Silchar on the India-Bangladesh border, Shillong, Banaras, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jallandhar, Pune, Pali, Muzaffarpur and Hyderabad. People who were never ever connected with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or the Bharatiya Janata Party, were seen supporting Modi.
In Christian-dominated areas; in areas where Muslims are in a majority; and in Hindu-majority constituencies who have always returned a non-BJP legislator.
I have known Narendrabhai since the days of our respected Advaniji's Rathyatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990. He was never like this. The words I spoke to Advaniji, in his Ram Rath, when we took off from Somnath after an elaborate havan, can be used for Modi now -- you have entered a different orbit of public life.
The Rathyatra transformed Advaniji from a gentle, intellectual BJP ideologue-leader to a mass leader whose mesmerising charm would transform the party and the contours of politics.
This election is going to do the same thing.
Narendrabhai Modi will be a man of destiny, so far from us yet so close to India's destiny.
You may choose to ignore him, pooh-pooh him and say it is all a media creation, he is a big hoax, it's all propaganda. Still, in your heart, a small voice says 'It's Modi this time'.
Why?
After all, every Indian voter has a choice.
So if not Modi, then who?
The dark age we have had, mired in clouds of corruption, lethargy, when no government office was working and/or delivering, with external threats looming large and our voice getting lost in a din of being mocked at, ignored and taken lightly, with internal security matters going out of hand -- not just the Maoists, but even a Google playing with Indian security and the complaints of a government agency like the Survey of India getting a boot from the weak, spineless leadership and bureaucracy, price rise, inflation, rupee devaluation, corruption in gigantic schemes like MGNREGA, the Supreme Court intervening to ensure justice in government at every step... people began losing faith in the State's power.
Someone is needed to restore India back to Indians.
So you decided you won't vote for Modi. But then, who will you vote for?
List your leaders from the north to south and east to west, and ask your heart and mind, will any one of them be able to deliver and bring back India from the darkness it has fallen into?
Name everyone, weigh their acumen, analyse their achievements and stand on various issues like terrorism, military power, security issues, economy, external affairs, and all those matters that have been making your mind anxious and uncomfortable.
And then decide.
It is not a matter concerning a personality, a party, an ideology or a group of campaigners.
It concerns the future and safety of our nation.
Our people. Their children. And the future of those children.
It is your vote, and your nation, after all.
Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters.

Tarun Vijay is a Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Rajya Sabha. He is a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on External Affairs; a member, Parliamentary Group on India China Friendship.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Guru Govind Singh ji's famous Shabad 'Deh Shiva' must be our National Youth Song-Tarun Vijay in Rajya Sabha-Listen this song, read the meaning of it and be a victorious soldier of Mother India!!


Listen this song, read the meaning of it and be a victorious soldier of Mother India!!
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140223/delhi.htm#4


Declare 'Deh Shiva' National Youth song: BJP 
Tribune News Service


New Delhi, February 22-
The famous victory song of Guru Gobind Singh 'Deh Shiva Var Moha Eihe, Shubh Karman Te Kab Hu Na Taraun' should be made National Youth song, said the BJP member of Parliament, Tarun Vijay and added that it should be made obligatory in the beginning of all the national youth programmes and in special programmes of the Armed Forces. 






You Tube link to Deh Shiva Var Mohe 




Deh Shiva bar mohe hai in Punjabi and English Translation
In Punjabi Wordings 

Deh Shiva bar mohe-i-hai 

shubh karman the kabhu na taroo 

Na daroo ar siyoo jab jah laroon 

Nischai kar apni jeet koroo 

Ar Sikh hao apne hi man ko 

Eh lalch hou goon tau uchroo 

Jab aav ki audh nidhann banay 

Aut he rann me tab joojh maroo 


English Translation
Grant me this boon O God
May I never refrain from the righteous acts;
May I fight without fear all foes in life's battles 
With confident courage claiming the victory! 
May thy glory be grained in my mind, 
and my highest ambition be singing thy praises; 
When this mortal life comes to end, 
May I die fighting with limitless courage


FREE MP3 Ringtone Deh Shiva bar mohe-i-hai @ http://123webd.com/Religious-HTML/Sikh-ReligiousHTML/Deh_Shiva_Bar_Mohe.html

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Can Rajya Sabha show some heart to discuss Nido Tania and NE issue tomarrow? - Tarun Vijay

Don't play with Northeast anger.
Shri Tarun Vijay, MP at NE Protest march, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi today
 
Can Rajya Sabha show some heart to discuss Nido Tania and NE issue tomarrow? - Tarun Vijay MP (Rajya Sabha) and President Solidarity with Youth of Northeast (SYNE).
 
6th Feb.2014, New Delhi - Mr. Tarun Vijay, MP (Rajya Sabha and President Solidarity with Youth of Northeast (SYNE) joined the NE students protest march at Jantar Mantar today and warned government not to play with snowballing anger in Northeast region over delay in justice on NIDO TANIA's tragic  death. 
 
He has appealed to all party leaders in Rajya Sabha to keep House in order to facilitate a discussion on Nido Tania's tragic death and the resultant NE anger. He said all issues raised by Members might be important, but can they stop disruption for a one hour discussion for the sake of our Northeast? 'I hope the hon'ble Members will show some heart and they will give a positive signal to NE by allowing a discussion on this important and sensitive issue.
 
 
He condemned efforts to spread rumours that Nido Tania might have died due to drug overdose.  He said that this is like rubbing salt on the wounds of Northeast youth and should be nipped in the bud otherwise antisocial and antinational elements may use this and hamper justice for Nido Tania.  Mr. Tarun Vijay wondered why police has not acted so far against such rumour mongers. 
 
He also appealed to media not to make this issue as an isolated matter of our NE fellow citizens.  It concerns the entire nation and every party and organisation leader joining the fight of NE should be welcomed.  He asked   if Northeast fight for justice is left only to the northeast people will that situation be good for national unity and   feelings of oneness? 

In a decisive moment, Sushma ji included the NE demands in BJP's national agenda



You are us, you make India complete, we are proud of you- Sushma Swaraj to NE students

Arunachal Pradesh Student leaders met Smt Sushma Swaraj , Hon'ble Leader of opposition, Loksabha on 5th Feb 2014 at her Parliament office. They were Ms Sunny Tayeng, Gen Secy, Women's wing, Arunachal Students Union, Delhi (ASUD), Mr Taba Doni, Gen secy, ASUD, Mr D. Apao, Organising Committee Member, NE .
Shri Tarun Vijay, MP, Shri Kiran Rijijuu, former MP and Shri Sunil Deodhar, National Convener, BJP's NE Cell were also present. Smt Sushma Swaraj heard patiently the student leaders and immediately decided to have the demands like a separate hostel facility for NE students in delhi, inclusion of the NE great men and women's stories as well as life sketches of the war heroes in text books and directed these issues to be a part of BJP's national agenda.  Student leaders thanked her for her brilliant, emotional and straightforward speech in Loksabha on Nido Tania and the NE .





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Respected Sushma Ji meets NE student leaders. Assures all help.BJP includes NE students demands in its 2014 election menifesto


Respected Sushma Swaraj, Leader of opposition, Loksabha today met NE student leaders in  her Parliamentary office in presence of Shri Tarun Vijay, MP, Shri Kiran Rijiju, former MP Arunachal Pradesh and Shri Sunil Deodhar, National Convener of the North East Cell, BJP.

She assured all help and immediately directed to include the special provision of including NE heroes and social reformers life sketches in the curriculum of CBSE and NCERT so that th next government will have to implement it. She also  told that the racial discrimination is an office under 153 A Cr Proc educe Act. he offered all help to the NE students. She also committed to include the demands to have the hostels for NE students and the inclusion of the life sketches of the great men and women of NE in school curriculums as a part of BJP's election menifesto.

NE student leaders  who met Respected Sushma ji, expressed their gratefulness for her heart touching speech in Loksabha today on the death of Nido Tania and the discrimination meted out top the NE students in Delhi.included . The leaders included Ms. Sunny Tayeng, Gen Secy of the women's wing of Arunachal Students Union, Delhi (ASUD), Mr Taba Doni, Gen Secy, ASUD and Mr D Apao, Organising Committee, NE,.








Saturday, February 1, 2014

RIP Nido Tania. Its not an Arunachal or Northeast issue, it affects us all Indians


The Times of India .com




Nido Tania, 19, was a student from Arunachal Pradesh, which I always call as our precious Jai Hind province as almost in every village there Hindi is spoken and the tricolour flutters with a pride that inspires us north Indians, who arrogantly remain ignorant about our NE frontiers. 

He was a sweet boy filled with life and verve, had his hair coloured and innocently asked a New Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market shopkeeper the directions to an address. He was mocked at instead, they didn't help but made fun of him. He must have felt humiliated so much that like an angry, loveable son, the pride in him turned into a rage and he broke the glass of the shop.  

Anyone in his place would have expressed anger maybe more bitterly, but the kid was angry, more at himself. The shopkeepers, who first made fun of him were monsters now. A lil sweet sparrow, was mercilessly beaten up collectively by those traders, almost to a pulp till some policemen came and tried to have a compromise. 

In fact those policemen were trying to shield the shopkeepers, they were not sympathetic to the boy, who was hardly able to speak and was under severe pain. They also made the boy  write a note: I do not need medical assistance.

What brutality we show to our sons and daughters in the national capital. 



           [Nido Tania]

Instead of showing sympathies with the victim and taking him to the nearest doctor or hospital, the policemen were trying to have him say — nothing happened; I am ok.

Delhi is unfair and savage to those who try to find a home here from other parts of the nation. In fact, nobody belongs to Delhi, it's a city of political staircases and scheming experts. If you don't have a job or a work assignment, you won't be here rather be in your home town. This is not a home town to those who live here. 

Massacred eighteen times, devastated and burnt and looted  by invaders, this city gave shelter to seekers of a better fortune from everywhere.

There is hardly any sense of belongingness or a principal flow of culture or the  civilisational shade that would point to a common, collective root. Caste driven moneybags and street- smart vagabonds drive it. A city of 'contacts', 'acquaintances' 'sir jees' and 'saheb-yessir wallahs' can make anyone feel friendless in a  vast crowd. A crowd that consists of political agents, job seekers, tense, stressed and hurriedly trying to meet the deadly deadlines, jealous, merciless competitors, who want to make a quick buck, as soon as possible, as much as possible. 



[The author with the student leaders of Arunachal Pradesh (Arunachal Students Union, Delhi-ASUD) after having a meeting with Delhi Police chief at police headquarters]

The politicians of various hues and shades mark the mainstream of go-getters that are ruthlessly professional and work with a killing instinct. Nothing is sacrilegious, nothing is unthinkable, nothing remains impossible too. 

Nido Tania and many others like him fall victim to such an insensitive heartless city. You have to be politically correct, connected and well versed in prevalent mannerism marked by sarcasm, duplicity and drama-bazi to stay afloat, keep surviving.

Pray for Nido Tania and pray for a more humane and caring society. We have good, nice, sensitive people too. They must speak out, reach out to these students who are mourning for their buddy.

Let everyone stand with his parents, friends and fraternity. Its not, and I repeat not a northeastern issue, nor a matter pertaining to just Arunachal. It involves us all Indians. It's an India cause.

RIP Nido Tania.

Friday, January 31, 2014

With Arunachal Student leaders Yeshi W Kharma and J.T.Tagam at Delhi Police headquarters- 31st Jan 2014

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Arunachal student's tragic death in Delhi raises question-Tarun Vijay meets Delhi police chief with student leaders,Delhi brutal to NE, police didn't help student get medical help, shielded culprits till media outcry made it take action

Picture shows Arunachal Student leaders with Mr Tarun Vijay at Police Hqrs, Delhi


Arunachal delegation led by Tarun Vijay, MP  meets Delhi Police Commissioner -demands arrest of the culprits

Make Delhi safe for NE youths-  why silence on North east agony? Asks Tarun Vijay

31st January 2014- New Delhi-- Delhi is becoming unsafe for NE, said Mr Tarun Vijay, MP (BJP)who led an Arunachal student leaders' delegation, along with his son Ritwik to insist that anything happening to  Arunachal is Indian Family matter,  to meet Delhi Police Commissioner Mr Bassi and express anguish at the slow progress regarding the sad and tragic death of a 19 year old Arunachal student Nido.
As per media reports, A student from Arunachal Pradesh allegedly died after he was beaten with sticks in South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area on Wednesday.
Nido Taniam had reportedly gone to Lajpat Nagar on January 29 in search of an address, and was allegedly mocked by someone at a shop for the style of his hair.

Taniam, in a fit of rage, broke a glass at the shop, upon which he was allegedly beaten by people.

Mr. Bassi assured that already an FIR has been registered against the culprits under section 302 and soon they will have the proceedings moved against them as soon as the post mortem  report arrives. Mr Tarun Vijay said that Delhi is becoming increasingly unsafe for the youth from North east and there is a pattern that shows a prejudice and colored opinion.Delhi citizens and police will have to do a lot to assure that entire Indian stands with our NE brothers and sisters and in this  grief they are not alone but entire India is behind them. 

He also s demanded action against policemen who tried to have an unjustifiable compromise with shopkeepers in order to safeguard them and didn't bother to take the student to hospital for medical care, Tarun Vijay demanded.
Delhi brutal to NE, policemen didn't help the student and tried to shield 
There will be a candle light prayer meeting at Lajpat Nagar, tomorrow at 2 pm, as per the Arunachal students Union decision, where the young boy was brutally beaten up that resulted in his death.

The delegation consisted of Mr J.T . Tagam, immdt past president of Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD), Mr Taba Doni, General Secy, (ASUD), Mr Yeshi W. Kharma , Vice President , ASUD and Mr Ritwik Vijay, student and son of Mr Tarun Vijay.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Greeting Bharat Ratna Sachin was such a fulfilling moment in Parliament!!


Tarun Vijay discusses Uttarakhand's children issue with Sachin Tendulkar, seeks help for devastated areas

13th December 2013- New Delhi- Today, Uttarakhand's Member of Parliament Shri Tarun Vijay congratulated Sachin Tendulkar, who attended the Rajya Sabha first time after being conferred with Bharat Ratna and discussed the grave issues of the children of Uttarakhand , specially those who belong to the devastated areas. Sachin was all ears and asked to send  more details so that he could see what can be done.
 
Tarun Vijay said that unlike politicians, Sachin, a great hero  of our times, is too humble and an ever smiling person, who won the hearts of all MPs present. Tarun Vijay said to Sachin that Mussourie and hence Uttarakhand feels proud that he has a house there and keeps visiting the place regularly, that also helps to boost the tourism and contributes to the local economy. To this Sachin smilingly said , he feels at home in Uttarakhand.
 
Pic shows Shri Tarun Vijay with Shri Sachin Tendulkar in parliament

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A great, glorious moment. Paying courtesies to their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan

Paying courtesies to His Majesty the Emperor, a great , unforgettable moment in the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Glorious moment --paying  courtesies to Her Majesty The Empress of Japan, while our  beloved and most respected President and her daughter Ms Sharmishtha looks on



Monday, December 2, 2013

Why do we have a second flag for Kashmir? Just get away with it by law

In our republic, which boasts of one nation, one people and one union, we have two flags. One for India and the other for Kashmir.

No one asks why?

If the mere picture of a foreign national irks, embarrasses and makes the government apologetic, should a flag, put on a par, parallel to the flag of our republic for which we swear to live and die, make us happy and proud?


There is one tricolor, which is our soul. We sing for it, love it, feel thrilled when it's fluttered on any part of this planet. That's us and our invincible tricolour.
Jammu Kashmir state flag)

And here is another flag. We hardly know about it. A piece that has to be displayed on the bonnets of the Ambassador cars the governor, the chief minister, the Union home minister or even the Prime Minister uses to negotiate a Kashmir road. Suddenly there are two flags, two people, two lands. And still one republic? Ask Justice Sagheer Ahmad and hear the "give more autonomy to J&K" call. More, still more, autonomy for what? A seperate flag and wanting to be more seperate?
Whose flag is it, any way? They say it's Kashmir's flag. So why don’t our rulers hoist it too in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi? A bit red-faced, they say it’s just for Kashmir.

 Indian flag





So why not Bihar and Uttarakhand and Punjab  and, please, Tamilnadu too have their separate flags?
They say Kashmir is special and other states are NOT.

Really?

Why not every state in India is special?

Why not every Indian citizen is equally special?

We, the Indians, the people of India.

Who gave the Constitution to themselves on January 26, 1950, hence the republic and the parade for it.

We can’t buy an inch of land in Kashmir because there is a provision in the Indian Constitution that bars it. That's called Article 370.

It says we are not authorised to be citizens of Kashmir. But we are Indian citizens?

So what?

Article 370 says we are not naturally Kashmiri citizens, even if we are Indians.

If we are Indians, we can be Biharis, Tamilians or Arunachalis. But not Kashmiri.

There was a man whose name was Syama Prasad Mookerjee. He died protesting separate provisions for Kashmir. The news agency IANS reported recently: "Mukherjee was imprisoned for entering the state without a proper permit in violation of Article 370. His entry was in protest against the separate constitution, head of the state and flag of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Mukherjee wanted that Jammu and Kashmir be declared an integral part of India and governed like any other state of the country."


Mookerjee (that's how he spelt his name) died mysteriously in a Srinagar jail.


Who cares for such a "mad" man, giving his life for national integration in its truest sense?

Live peacefully, in your Lutyens' bungalow and offer government constructive cooperation.

That makes life easy, you know.

Let me reproduce some extracts from the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir? It has a separate identity from the Indian Constitution and no law that the Indian parliament passes is applied in J&K unless the J&K assembly  passes it too and it has the right to overrule the Indian parliament and change the contents of the laws passed by the parliament situated in New Delhi.

The J&K constitution says —

Preamble:

We, the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, having solemnly resolved, in pursuance of the accession of this State to India which took place on the twenty sixth day of October, 1947, to further define the existing relationship of the State with the Union of India as an integral part thereof, and to secure ourselves-

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and opportunity; and to promote among us all;

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity of the Nation;

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this seventeenth day of November, 1956, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.

Part II of "The State" of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir:

Relationship of the State with the Union of India - The State of Jammu and Kashmir is and shall be an integral part of the Union of India.

On April 7, 1958, the Plebiscite Front of Sheikh Abdullah adopted a resolution specifically citing Article 370, and stated that : "Jammu and Kashmir state has not yet acceded to any of the two dominions, India and Pakistan. Therefore, it will not be right to call Pakistani invasion on Jammu and Kashmir as an attack on India.” Using Article 370 Kashmiri Muslim leaders have opposed any family planning and welfare schemes formulated by the government of India, and the programme was implemented only in the Hindu majority Jammu. The former chief minister, G M Shah, had said that the aim of the government family planning programme was to convert the Muslim majority into a minority. The former external affairs minister M C Chagla had told the United Nations that the Article was a temporary measure. The two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad and G M Sadiq too wanted this Article to be repealed.
Articles 3 and 5 of the State constitution of Jammu and Kashmir state that it will remain an “inseparable” part of India and Parliament should immediately repeal Article 370.

Friends on the internet suggest, "Those Kashmiri Muslims who have declared themselves to be Pakistanis should be asked to apply for Pakistani citizenship, and if their applications fail, they should be declared stateless persons and no longer citizens of India, and therefore no longer citizens of any part of the dominions of the Republic of India."

Article 370 (though originally Article 306-A) drafted by Gopalaswami Ayyengar in close consultation with Sheikh Mohd Abdullah reads as follows:

"Temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir:

1. Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution,
(a) the provisions of Article 238 shall not apply in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir;

(b) the power of Parliament to make laws for the said State shall be limited to,
(i) those matters in the Union List and the Concurrent List which, in consultation with the Government of the State are declared by the President to correspond to matters specified in the Instrument of Accession governing the accession of the State to the Dominion of India as the matters with respect to which the Dominion Legislature may make laws far that State; and

(ii) such other matters in the said Lists as, with the concurrence of the Government of the State, the President may by order specify.

Explanation:
For the purposes of this article, the Government of the State means the person for the time being recognised by the President as the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers for the time being in office under the Maharaja's Proclamation dated the fifth day of March, 1948;

(c) the provisions of Article 1 and of this article shall apply in relation to that State;

(d) such of the other provisions of this Constitution shall apply in relation to that State subject to such exceptions and modifications as the President may by order specify:

Provided that no such order which relates to the matters specified in the Instrument of Accession of the State referred to in paragraph (i) of sub-clause (b) shall be issued except in consultation with the Government of the State:

Provided further that no such order which relates to matters other than those referred in the last preceding proviso shall be issued except with the concurrence of that Government.

2. If the concurrence of the Government of the State referred to in paragraph (ii) of sub-clause (b) of clause (1) or in the second proviso to sub-clause (d) of that clause be given before the Constituent Assembly for the purpose of framing the Constitution of the State is convened, it shall be placed before such Assembly for such decision as it may take thereon.

3. Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this article, the President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify:
Provided that the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2) shall be necessary before the President issues such a notification.

In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 370 the President, on the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, declared that as from the 17th Day of November, 1952, the said Article 370 shall be operative with the modification that for the Explanation in Cl. (1) thereof, the following explanation is substituted namely.

Explanation - For the purpose of this article, the Government of the State means the person for the time being recognized by the President on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly of the State as the Sadr-i-Riyasat (now Governor) of Jammu and Kashmir, acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers of the State for the time being in office."


That's our republic. And the second flag. And the two peoples in one land. Viva the flag hoisters.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Emperor has arrived . A new era in India Japan ties to begin-some good pics and column-The Emperor's pathway to India's heart




Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko pose for the photographers with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur on their arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi

On Monday, the Imperial Couple will attend a ceremonial reception at the official residence of President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi and visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the day, the president will hold a state banquet for them



The Times of India.com
The Emperor's pathway to India's heart
30 November 2013, 09:21 PM IS
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indus-calling/entry/the-emperor-s-pathway-to-india-s-heart

If in 1960 Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru received the visiting Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko, 53 years later, a Nehruvian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, receives the same couple, now the Emperor and Empress, having ascended the throne in 1990.  



What a coincidence.


It must be a result of his good karma for Japan, as he is indisputably the most popular and respected Indian leader in the Land of the Rising Sun. The speech he gave in Tokyo this year in May is reflective of his special feelings for the Japanese people. He mentioned Japan as an inspiration to India and envisioned a path of strategic cooperation, specially marking the maritime region. He said: "Asia's resurgence began over a century ago on this island of the Rising Sun.

Ever since, Japan has shown us the way forward. India and Japan have a shared vision of a rising Asia. Japan's rise as a modern, knowledge-based industrial power was a source of inspiration to India's great national leaders."

Nothing defines better the warmth and cordiality between india and Japan than the age-old cultural and civilizational ties. Shintoism, too akin to the Hindu beliefs, and the patriotic fervour of an average Japanese inspired Indian monks like Swami Ramtirth and Swami Vivekananda, made an everlasting influence on writers like Rabindranath Thakur and powered revolutionaries like Subhas Chandra Bose.  The economic and industrial relations might have witnessed delayed milestones, yet an average India grew on feelings of admiration for the Japanese products and friendliness.

I

t is on these trusted foundations that Tenno Heika (His Majesty the Emperor) and Kogo Heika (Her Majesty the Empress) get a hearty Namaste from a billion-plus Indians.

It's difficult for the ever revolting and 'eager to break tradition' new generation of India to understand the awe and reverence with which people in Japan look at their emperor and empress. In spite of a new constitution and the reduction in the powers of the royalty, their majesties are considered divine and even a letter handed over to them invites wide spread criticism and ridicule. Some time back when a young actress turned legislature suddenly gave a letter over Fukushima disaster to the Emperor, there were demands from all quarters that she should be asked to resign.



The Emperor himself is credited with breaking the tradition when he married a commoner; strictly the royalty is expected to marry only in the families of Japanese nobility. Both meet the common people as much as they can. The emperor, 79, underwent a bypass surgery last year, so Empress Michiko shoulders most of the burden of attending rituals and formal programmes on his behalf, yet its amazing to find that both attended more than 300 events last year. 



Their India visit is considered a proactive gesture by Prime Minister Shinjo Abe's government, which is keen to enhancing and strengthening India ties with a traditional strategic fervour. Abe mesmerized Indian parliamentarians when he addressed them in the Central Hall in 2007, quoting Dara Shikoh (perhaps the first foreign dignitary to remember the great symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity and Vedic scholarship) and Swami Vivekananda. It's not just 'Abeconomics' that is ensuring increased Japanese investments to India but his long-term maritime strategic policy that must make Indian presence and power in pacific and South China Sea more assertive and secure.

Here lies the key to lay the solid foundation of India-Japan strategic ties.

Dr Manmoghan Singh also had emphasized the need for an upgraded cooperation in maritime sphere in his May, 2013, speech in Tokyo. He had, unhesitatingly said, "The Indo-Pacific region is witnessing profound social and economic changes on a scale and at a speed rarely seen in human history ... this region faces multiple challenges, unresolved issues and unsettled questions. Historical differences persist despite our growing inter-dependence; India and Japan are among the major actors in this region. Our shared religious, cultural and spiritual heritage embodies the principles of peace, co-existence and pluralism." He added: "Maritime security across the linked regions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans is essential for regional and global prosperity. We should, therefore, uphold the principles of freedom of navigation and unimpeded lawful commerce in accordance with international law, resolve maritime issues peacefully and work together more purposefully to harness the potential of the seas and address common sea-based challenges such as piracy."

The Emperor's visit will make the entire Japan focus on India and the rest of the pathway will be cleared flawlessly.

It is important that from the Indian side an old Japan friend Salman Khurshid is appointed as Minister in waiting for the visiting dignitaries. From Japanese side, former Prime Minister Mori's inclusion in the royal entourage is significant. He is credited with laying the solid foundation of India-Japan cooperation in recent times and India has conferred Padma Bhushan on him.



This visit is a good omen for our bilateral ties and should be seen rising above the domestic political differences and ideological disagreements. After all Indian interest must occupy the highest place and hence, as one tricoloured Indians, we all must warmly welcome this visit.