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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom Modi shares close ties, is close to becoming India’s “all weather friend”.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken of the “Arc of Democracy”, with Tokyo and New Delhi as its two ends and encompassing the ASEAN, Australia and South Korea in between as the ideal architecture for the 21st century, which many have already dubbed Asia’s century.

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India and Japan signed off a strategic civil nuclear agreement in November. Will it clear the way for a wider and deeper role for Japanese business in India?

Narendra Modi is famously fixated with productive use of time. The man hours he has spent on Japan during a career dating back more than a decade to his days as chief minister in Gujarat, are eye-popping. He has always been drawn to Japan’s world-beating manufacturing, engineering processes and a perception of capital as a long-term partner as the preferred route to India’s own development.

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A leading Indian diplomat based in Africa shares his views on why the continent is important to India.



Any observer of Indian foreign and strategic policy may well raise the question: Why Africa? Why should a developing country like India expend its limited political, diplomatic, human and financial resources on Africa when there are myriad problems to be resolved within the country. Moreover, given India’s limited resources spent primarily cultivating the P-5 and other great powers like Germany and Japan, our immediate neighbourhood (SAARC, ASEAN, CIS) and on crucial multilateral systems like the UN, why should the country’s initiatives be spread thinly across the 54 countries that make up continental Africa.

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The Indian automobile industry is making its presence felt globally with rising exports, multiple acquisitions and heightened exposure to overseas markets.

In February this year something very uncommon, if not unprecedented, happened in the Indian automotive industry. The country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, exported a batch of 1,800 units of its latest premium compact car Baleno to its home market Japan.

Export of cars from India have gained significant volumes and are growing fast but even then this tranche was of special relevance. It was the first time ever that Maruti, where Suzuki owns a majority 54 per cent, was exporting a model from its factories in India to parent Suzuki’s home country. Over the last decade…