Tokyo Calling: Modi drums up India story, promise red carpet, not red tape

No place like India to do business. Blend Japan’s hardware skills and India’s software to create everyday miracles. This is economic diplomacy, with a flourish. Literally, banging the drums in a symbolic “jugalbandi,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a charm offensive in Tokyo and told Japanese investors that red carpet, not red tape, awaits them if they come to India.

A day after his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the two nations launched a path-breaking investment partnership, Modi played the chief salesman and choreographer of the India Story.

“There is no other place more suited to you than India,” said Modi at a meeting organised by the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) and Nikkei on September 2.

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Development, not expansionism, says Modi with China on mind

In an oblique reference to perceived Chinese assertiveness in the region, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned against the tendency towards “expansionism”, and pitched for closer ties between India and Japan to help fructify a peaceful Asian century.

“We have to decide if we want to have ‘vikas vaad’ (development) or ‘vistar vaad’ (expansionism) which leads to disintegration,” said Modi while speaking to business titans of India and Japan in Tokyo.

“Those who follow the path of Buddha and have faith in ‘vikas vaad’, they develop. But we see, those having ideas of the 18th century, engage in encroachments and enter seas (of others),” said Modi on September 1, at a business luncheon with a delegation of Japan’s top industry leaders in Tokyo.

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