Narendra Modi gifts Shinzo Abe books on Vivekananda, copy of Bhagawad Gita

Modi presented to Abe a commemorative edition of 'Swami Vivekananda and Japan' and a copy of the Bhagawad Gita.

By: Press Trust of India | Kyoto | Published:August 30, 2014 7:30 pm
modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe feeding carp at a Guest House in Kyoto on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

On Day 1 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to Japan, he  gifted books on Swami Vivekananda and a copy of Bhagawad Gita to Japenese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who made a special gesture of travelling to Kyoto specially to meet him 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 Kyoto after landing at an airport in neighbouring Osaka. 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 Bhagavad 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 an auspicious beginning.

Abe then hosted a dinner for Modi. The 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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  1. B
    Sep 3, 2014 at 3:49 am
    Obviously, you haven't read history, have you? The Buddha didn't reject Hinduism but the corrupt practices being ped on as Hinduism during those days by the upper castes, especially Brahmins, to retain power. Even the original Vedas were revived later by Adi Shankaracharya. Moreover, the Buddha never rejected the teachings of the Gita. Just a simple Google seach will enlighten you about this. As for Modi refusing to wear the skull cap, what's the big fuss? How many times have you pseudo-secularists asked any Muslim leader to wear Tilak during the Durga puja? How many Muslim leaders in India have practised, at least for a moment, the rituals of other religions? Why should only a Hindu leader have to prove his secular credentials by wearing a skull cap? I remember a Muslim leader walked out of Parliament during the chanting of Vande Mataram, saying Islam doesn't allow such a song where motherland is looked upon as mother. Why didn't "secularists" like you raise objections to it then? If you are silent on all other occasions very conveniently, better not raise it now. It seems, in India, the so-called secularism is the last resort of the scoundrels.
  2. G
    Gopalakrishna Rao
    Aug 31, 2014 at 4:00 am
    JAI HO.
  3. G
    Aug 31, 2014 at 11:10 pm
    Agree. So why do you secularists not support uniform civil code which will finally implement same law for all Indians? Why is it the so called Hindu Nationalists who champion this? Secularism in India is a fraud. Hindu philosophy is the secularism India has been built on. Religions can be different but the values of bharat are dharmic and give respectful place to all other religions as long as they do not try to impose a monopoly on God or his messenger. Understand what Hindu and India is first my secular friend.
  4. G
    Aug 31, 2014 at 11:12 pm
    So sir. If modi and Indian government has got it all wrong.what is the correct approach to diplomacy with an? Please enlighten us.
  5. J
    Jagdish Jain
    Aug 31, 2014 at 12:39 am
    Do you really think the Right Wing Abe is interested in Vivekananda and the Gita? These books or ideas in them have no meaning for the anese people or their leadership. Modi could have given him a gift of Satyajit Ray's film "Shatranj ke Khilari" or "Jalsagar." Anyway, these gestures of Modi are meaningless to the people of an.
  6. R
    Reality Check
    Aug 31, 2014 at 7:57 am
    The prince of Kapilavastu rejected Hinduism to establish Buddhism which anese people accepted. Now Modi goes to an to ask Abe to study Hinduism. If Modi had a problem receiving a cap from a Muslim cleric, then imagine what would have happened if Clinton or Bush would give him a Holy Bible! He would have rejected it or given it to some RSS sevak to "burn it." What hypocrisy! Religion should be separate from the State at all costs.
  7. S
    Aug 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm
    Find and touch each other's soul. So soothing and inspiring start for vigorous collaborative efforts for mutual benefit in a lasting way.
  8. K
    Aug 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    Secularism originated in the west where the state wanted to get rid of the book and insution based religion Xianity. Whereas in the east, religion has been a part of life and governance. Modi pra at a Budhist monestry and gifted the anese PM Hindu texts. Hope that Vivekaknanda and Bhagavat Gita acts as an eye opener for anese.
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