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Netaji, Tagore homes beckon premier

If there are two Indians Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a great deal of respect for, they are Subhash Chandra Bose and Rabindranath Tagore. And he intends to pay homage to these two great men in the land of their birth — Kolkata.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2007 04:55 IST
Nandini Guha

If there are two Indians Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a great deal of respect for, they are Subhash Chandra Bose and Rabindranath Tagore. And he intends to pay homage to these two great men in the land of their birth — Kolkata.

Abe will pay a special visit to the homes of Tagore and Netaji on Thursday, and in the process become the first Japanese premier to set foot in the city. At Netaji Bhaban, Abe is expected to go into the freedom fighter’s study and the Asia room, which exhibits rare photos and documents related to Bose in the years between 1943 and 1945. “Abe’s grandfather Nobusuke Kishi was probably known to Subhas Chandra Bose during World War II,” said Krishna Bose, chairperson of the Netaji Research Bureau.

The premier will also spend time at Tagore’s house in Jorasanko, where there is a gallery dedicated to the poet laureate and his ties with Japan, a country he visited five times and had deep regard for. “Jorasanko has had a close relationship with Japan since 1902, when Japanese painter T. Okakura came to Kolkata. The premier will visit Tagore’s birthroom and the Japanese gallery,” said Karunasindhu Das, vice-chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University.

Abe is also scheduled to meet Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for lunch and to inaugurate an Indo-Japanese Cultural Centre.