Modi Gifts Books on Vivekananda, Bhagawad Gita to Abe

Warm vibes between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe were at display today as the Indian leader arrived here on five-day visit with an aim of raising the ties to a new level.

Modi, who has been "excited" about the visit, gifted books on Swami Vivekananda and a copy of Bhagawad Gita to Abe who made a special gesture of travelling here specially to meet the Indian Prime Minister in this historic city before their formal Summit meeting in Tokyo on Monday.

Abe, who has said "India has special place in my heart", received Modi at the guest house soon after the Indian Prime Minister reached here after landing at airport in neighbouring Osaka and driving down a journey of about two hours.

Modi presented to Abe a special commemorative edition of 'Swami Vivekananda and Japan- excerpts from the life and works of Swami Vivekanand and 'Vivekananda in Japan' by Swami Medhasananda' and a copy of the Bhagawada Gita.

In addition to the Sanskrit version, a Japanese version of the Bhagawad Gita was also presented to Abe.

The two leaders also jointly participated in a Japanese ritual called 'feeding the fish', which is considered to be auspicious beginning. They went to a pond and gave the feed to the fish in it.

Abe then hosted a dinner for Modi.

Japanese Prime Minister will also treat Modi to special 'Chai' (tea) on Monday in Tokyo.

Ahead of the visit, the two Prime Ministers took to Twitter two days back to reach out to each other and the respective countries.

While Modi tweeted in Japanese language to strike a chord with the Japanese people, Abe responded hours later by saying "India has a special place in my heart".

Modi had earlier said he was eagerly looking forward to meeting Abe whose leadership he "deeply respects".

The Prime Minister will tomorrow visit the famous Toji temple.

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22/D-4
Sep 04, 2014
02:15 AM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "I stand by what I said."

You said, "We do not reject the Manu smriti." A day earlier you had said, "it has simply been rejected." Such profundities are beyond my simple Muslim mind.

Anwaar, Dallas
21/D-74
Sep 03, 2014
02:09 PM

" Yesterday you had said, "Manusmriti has not been disowned, it has simply been rejected." 

I stand by what I said.

1. I said that we have not disowned it. It means categorically we accept it as a part of Hinduism.

2. By rejecting, I meant that portions of the smriti which have lost relevance over the millennia have been deemed relevant.

A word has many nuances. Anyone who boasts about his comprehension skills ought to know that. Earlier, you equated infidelity with adultery when I meant lack of belief in religion. I thought you were joking. Now I am not so sure.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
20/D-53
Sep 03, 2014
11:37 AM

Ganwaar,

[[I wish your comprehension was as good as your spelling.]]

And I (actually we all) wish your honesty was as good as your ability to argue endlessly.

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
19/D-13
Sep 03, 2014
02:48 AM


D.L.Narayan,

>>>> "Muslims do re-interepret and re-contextualize."

>> "Glad to know that Quran is not immutable...."

God only knows whether it is immutable or not, but even you should know that re-interpreting and re-contextualizing does not undermine it immutability. I wish your comprehension was as good as your spelling.

Anwaar, Dallas
18/D-12
Sep 03, 2014
02:42 AM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "We do not reject the Manu smriti."

Yesterday you had said, "Manusmriti has not been disowned, it has simply been rejected." (Sept. 1. # 12/40).

Anwaar, Dallas
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