My Friend, Abe San (Japanese)

Published By : Admin | July 9, 2022 | 08:55 IST

傑出した日本の指導者、比較なしのグローバル政治家、そしてインド日本友好関係の偉大なチャンピオンである安倍晋三氏がもう我々の中にはいなくなってしまいました。日本そして世界が偉いビジョナリーを失い、私は親愛なる友人を失いました。

はじめて安倍氏にお会いしたのは2007年に、私がグジュラート州首相として日本を訪問した時でした。最初の出会いから我々の友情が公職の印又公的な外交儀礼の束縛を超えとものとなりました。

お供した東寺へのご参拝、新幹線での旅、アヘメダバードでのサーバルマティ・アシュラムへの訪問、バラナシ(カシー)でのガンガ・アルティ、東京での茶道経験、思い出のリストは本当に長い。

 

 

 そして、富士山の山麓の丘に囲まれた山梨でのご実家へ唯一の首脳来客としての光栄、いつまでも大切にしていきたいと思います

日本の総理をやっていない2007年から2012年の間、そして最近は2020年以来、我々の個人的な絆はいつも通り強いまま続きました。

安倍総理との話し合いの中では全てが知的刺激のある物でした。いつも新鮮なアイデアに満ち、ガバナンス、経済、文化、外交政策その他様々な課題に関して貴重な見解をお持ちでした。

安倍氏のご助言はグジュラート州での私の経済選択肢に対してひらめきを与えました。そして安倍元総理の支持はグジュラート州でのヴァイブラント・パートナーシップの構築に大きな助けになりました。

それ以降、インドと日本の間で戦略的パートナーシップの前例のない変換を行うためご一緒にお仕事したことは光栄でありました。概ね狭い二カ国間経済関係から、全ての分野に渡る幅広い・包括的な関係の構築に対して支持し、それだけではなく印日関係は二カ国そして地域の安全保障のための中心的なものとなりました。安倍氏にとって、印日関係は我々二カ国そして世界の人々のためのもっとも重要なものでした。安倍氏は日本にとってもっとも難しいテーマであった民生用原子力協力を進めることに関して決定的でした。そして、インドでの高速鉄道プロジェクトのもっとも寛大な条件をオファーしました。インドの独立後の多くの重要な出来事に倍元総理は新生インドが成長を加速させるとき、日本が手を携えていることを保証してくれました。

安倍氏の印日関係への貢献は2021年にインドの栄誉あるパドマ・ビブション賞を授与されたことに素晴らしく認められました。

安倍氏は世界の中でおきている複雑で複数な変換に関して深い見識を持ち、政治、社会、経済そして国際関係にどのような影響を与えるかの先見の目があって、複数の選択肢の中から選ぶ知恵・伝統又は前例がある場合でも大胆な決断を行う勇気があり、そしてまれにしかない人々又世界の支持が得られていた人物でありました。安倍氏の広範なアベノミックス政策は日本経済を再活性化し、日本国民の改革・企業家精神を再燃させました。

安倍氏の我々に対するもっとも素晴らしいギフトのうち、又、彼のもっとも持続なレガシー、その中でも世界がいつまでも安倍氏の恩義に感謝しなければならないものとしては、安倍氏の当世の潮流の変化そして天下多事を認識する予知力、そしてそれらに対する反応力が挙げられます。安倍氏は、多くの人よりも先に、2007年にインドの国会でその影響力のあるスピーチを通じて、当世流の政治、戦略、経済現実である、今世紀で世界に方向性を与える地域、インド太平洋地域のベースをつくりました。

そして、本人が自らリードを取り、国家主権と領土の保全を尊重すること、国際法・規定の堅持、深い経済取組をもって、平等・共通な繁栄、国際関係を平和的に行うことのような彼がいつも大切にしていた価値観に基づき、その安定・安全、そして平和的・繁栄する将来のための枠組みとアーキテクチャの構築に関わり合いました

クアッド、アセアン主導のフォーラム、インド太平洋構想、アフリカを含めたインド太平洋出の印日開発協力、災害に強いインフラのための連合などすべて安倍氏の貢献によりものでした。

クワッド、ASEAN主導のフォーラム、インド太平洋構想、アフリカを含めたインド太平洋での印日協力、災害に強いインフラのための連合など、すべて安倍氏の貢献によるものです。静かに、ファンファーレなしで、そして海外での疑い・国内での遠慮を超え、インド太平地域全体に渡り防衛・コネクティビティ・インフラ・持続性を含む日本の戦略的関わり合いを変換しました。そのため、地域全体がその宿命に対してもっと楽観的となり、世界はその未来に対してもっと自信がえられました。

今年5月に日本訪問の際、日印協会の会長となられたばかりの安倍元総理にお会いする機会がありました。いつもように元気いっぱい、艶かしい、機智に富んだ安倍氏でした。印日協力をどうやってもっと強化できるか、改革的なアイデアをお持ちでした。お別れのときこれが最後の面会になるとはまったく想像にもありませんでした。

安倍元総理の温かさ・知恵・優雅、気前、友情と指導に対していつ窓も感謝をしていきたいと思います。いつまでも懐かしく思います。

安倍氏がインド国民をご自分の心を開いて抱き寄せてくれたことと同じように、インド国民がその仲間一人として安倍氏の逝去を悼んでいます。安倍氏がもっとも好きだったこと、人々にひらめきを与えている最中に逝去されました。お命が途中で悲惨的に短くなったかもしれませんが、安倍氏のレガシーがいつまでも続きます。

インド国民を代表しまして、そして私が個人として、日本国民、特に安倍昭恵様とご家族に対し心からの哀悼の意を表します。オーム・シャンティー。

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Today, India’s former Vice President and respected statesman Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Garu turns 75. I wish him a long and healthy life and also extend my greetings to all his well-wishers and supporters. This is an occasion to celebrate a leader whose life journey showcases dedication, adaptability and an unwavering commitment to public service. From his early days in the political arena to his tenure as Vice President, Venkaiah Garu’s career exemplifies his unique ability to navigate the complexities of Indian politics with ease and humility. His eloquence, wit and steadfast focus on developmental issues have earned him respect across party lines.

Venkaiah Garu and I have been associated with each other for decades. We have worked together and I have also learnt a lot from him. If there is one thing that has remained common in his life, it is the love for people. His brush with activism and politics began in Andhra Pradesh with student politics as a student leader. Considering his talent, oratory and organisational skills, he would have been welcomed in any political party but he preferred to work with the Sangh Parivar because he was inspired by the vision of Nation First. He was associated with the RSS, ABVP and then strengthened the Jana Sangh and the BJP.

When the Emergency was imposed almost 50 years ago, young Venkaiah Garu immersed himself in the anti-Emergency movement. He was imprisoned and that too for inviting Loknayak JP to Andhra Pradesh. This commitment to democracy would be seen time and again in his political career. In the mid-1980s, when the great NTR’s Government was unceremoniously dismissed by the Congress, he was again at the forefront of the movement to protect democratic principles.

Venkaiah Garu has always been comfortable swimming even against the most formidable tides. In 1978, Andhra Pradesh voted for the Congress but he beat the trend and was elected as a young MLA. Five years later, when the NTR Tsunami swept the state, he got elected as a BJP MLA, thus paving the way for the BJP’s growth across the state.

All those who have heard Venkaiah Garu speak will vouch for his oratory skills. He is certainly a wordsmith but he is as much a worksmith. Since his days as a young MLA, he began to be respected for the rigour he put in to legislative affairs and speaking for people of his constituency. No less than a stalwart like NTR noted his talent and even wanted him to join his Party but Venkaiah Garu refused to deviate from his core ideology. He went on to play a big role in strengthening the BJP in Andhra Pradesh, going across the villages and connecting with people from all walks of life. He led the Party on the floor of the Assembly and even became the AP BJP President.

It was in the 1990s that the BJP central leadership took note of Venkaiah Garu’s efforts and thus in 1993 began his stint in national politics when he was appointed the Party’s All India General Secretary. It was truly a remarkable moment for a man, who as a teenager would go around announcing the visits of Atal Ji and Advani Ji, to be working directly with them. As the General Secretary, he was focused on how to bring our Party to power and ensure that the nation get their first ever BJP Prime Minister. After the move to Delhi, there was no looking back and he rose to become the National President of the Party.

In 2000, when Atal Ji was keen to induct Venkaiah Garu in the government as a Minister, Venkaiah Garu instantly conveyed his preference for the Rural Development Ministry. This left everyone including Atal Ji puzzled. After all, here was a leader who was being asked which portfolio he wants and his first choice was Rural Development. But, Venkaiah Garu was clear- he was a Kisan Putra, he had spent his early days in the villages and thus, if there was one area he wished to work, it was rural development. As Minister, he was closely associated with the conception and rolling out of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.’ Years later, when the NDA Government of 2014 assumed office, he handled the crucial portfolios of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. It was during his tenure that we launched the important Swachh Bharat Mission and important urban development related schemes. Perhaps, he is one of the only leaders to have worked for both rural and urban development for such an extensive period.

When I came to Delhi in 2014, I was an outsider to the national capital, having worked in Gujarat for the previous decade and a half. In such times, Venkaiah Garu’s insights were very handy. He was an effective Parliamentary Affairs Minister - he knew the essence of bipartisanship but at the same time he drew a line when it came to Parliamentary norms and rules.

In 2017, our Alliance nominated him as our Vice-Presidential candidate. We faced a dilemma – we thought about how the big shoes of Venkaiah Garu would be impossible to fill, but at the same time, we also knew there was no better candidate for the Vice Presidency than him. I can never forget one of the speeches he gave when he resigned as Minister and MP. He could not control his tears when he recalled his association with the Party and efforts to build it. It gave a glimpse of his deep-rooted commitment and passion. Upon becoming the Vice President, he undertook various steps that also enhanced the dignity of the office. He was an outstanding Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, ensuring that young MPs, women MPs and first time MPs get the opportunity to speak. He put great emphasis on attendance, making the Committees more effective and also raising the level of debate in the House.

When the decision to remove Articles 370 and 35(A) were placed on the floor of the Rajya Sabha, it was Venkaiah Garu who was on the Chair. I am sure it was such an emotional moment for him- the young boy who was drawn to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s dream of a united India was on the Chair when this was finally achieved.

Apart from work and politics, Venkaiah Garu is a voracious reader and writer too. For the people in Delhi, he is known as the person who brought the glorious Telugu culture to the city. His Ugadi and Sankranti programmes are clearly among the most cherished gatherings in town. I have always known Venkaiah Garu as someone who loves food and also hosting people. But, off late, his self-control has also been visible to everyone. His commitment to fitness is seen in how he still plays badminton and enjoys his brisk walk.

Even after the Vice Presidency, Venkaiah Garu has led an active public life. On the issues that he is passionate about or on various developments that take place across the nation, he calls me and asks me about it. I met him most recently when our government returned to office for the third term. He was delighted and conveyed his best wishes to me and our team. I wish him once again on this milestone. I hope young Karyakartas, elected representatives and all those who have a passion to serve learn from his life and imbibe those values. It is people like him who make our nation better and more vibrant.