PM Modi, Shinzo Abe go on a roadshow

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Earlier, breaking protocol, Modi personally received Abe at the airport with a warm hug.

"So, therefore, you can be critical of (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi, but I think the time has come for the NDA-BJP Government and the Prime Minister to introspect that mere speeches and road shows with leaders of other countries do not substitute for diplomacy", Tewari said.

After which, Modi and Abe will head towards Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar and will indulge in delegation level talks.

Soon after their arrival at the airport today afternoon, PM Modi and the Abes would take part in an 8 km road show that would terminate at Sabarmati Ashram, where apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi spent considerable part of his life. "The growing convergence of views between Japan and India has the capacity to drive Asia's economy and development and stimulate the global growth", he said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on atwo-day visit the highlight of which will be laying of foundation stone for India's first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Subsequently, Mr. Modi hosted a dinner for the visitors with famed Gujarati thali and Japanese delicacies at Agashiye, a popular Gujarat restaurant in the House of MG, a heritage hotel opposite the mosque.

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Japan is one of only two countries with which India has such an annual summit mechanism, the other being Russian Federation. New Delhi-Tokyo ties are on an upswing in a range of areas, including defence and security.

The Japnese PM Shinzo Abe, accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, is on a two-day visit to India, to attend the annual summit between the two countries.

The Prime Minister took the guests on a tour of Mahatma Gandhi's ashram for almost 20 minutes, and showed them, among other Gandhi memorabilia, the spinning wheel at Hridaykunj. Here in this ceremony, the discussion of ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project will take place.

The work on the country's first High Speed Rail (Bullet train) project will begin on September 14 in Ahmedabad. Later, an India-Japan business plenary meeting will be held.

If the relations between the two nations have strengthened in recent years, the special chemistry between Prime Ministers Modi and Abe also deserves credit.

On Thursday, Abe is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high-speed railway connecting the western Indian cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, using Japanese bullet train technology.

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