Taking the Indo-Japan relationships to a new height, the Prime Ministers of both the countries will together visit the temple town of Varanansi tomorrow. Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe, who is on a three day visit to India, will attend the Ganga Arti at the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat along with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi .The visit is significant on the backdrop of the Partner City Agreement between Varanasi and Kyoto, which was signed during Modi’s visit to Japan in August 2014.
The arrangements will include a gigantic make shift stage that has been erected on the Ganges bed, along with music systems installed after seeking special permission from the Allahabad High Court. Army and Navy personnel will be guarding the whole event, which will have its own visible specialty for the warm rapport both the Premiers share, with the personal camaraderie often being visible in their tweets.
The ancient temple town of Varanasi is near to Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The place accords a special place in the cultural relationship between not only India and Japan, but India and the whole of South East Asia. And it is considered that as a part of the Partner City Agreement, Varanasi will receive assistance from the erstwhile capital of Japan in trouncing its problems of traffic congestion, poor sanitation and crumbling infrastructure while preserving its heritage.
Even though PM Modi has visited the temple town many a time, it is the first time that he will be accompanied by a foreign counterpart. The officials of the Japanese Embassy have been camping in the city for the past few days to take stock of preparations and security arrangements for the visit of Abe. During the meeting, the Indian PM is expected to gift Mr. Abe with indigenous artifacts of Varanasi.