I just recorded an interview with NITI Central on the PM’s visit to Japan. As soon as it is uploaded, shall update this post with the link. I think it is a mutually beneficial relationship. India needs order, quality, technology, infrastructure. Japan needs to find some source of growth. Regardless of whether the relationship is targeted at or against any one – it need not be – India and Japan have much to gain from each other. Whether we like it or not, the mere fact of them drawing closer will bring about stability in the region and moderate the behaviour of others. The Western media has a penchant to paint this as an adversarial combination against China. See this for an example. It does not have to be. The mere combination will suffice.
Amy Kazmin’s piece in FT is not a bad one. Pankaj Mishra’ piece in Bloomberg is an example of the kind of output that we get from people who neither know their economics nor studied history well and properly. In the interests of propriety, decency, decorum and dignity, we need to stop our comments on Mr. Mishra’s columns with those remarks.