Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Bihar and Japan make a perfect pair of bilateral relations because of “enduring spiritual glue” being provided by Buddhism, and also called upon the people of Japan to take this association to a higher level of cooperation and friendship.
Speaking at investment promotion seminar at the Embassy of India in Tokyo, Nitish not only showcased all positive aspects of Bihar but also enumerated in detail as to why people of Japan should invest in the state whose growth rate is one of the fastest in India.
He also sought financial and technical assistance from Japan in developing high speed rail linkage between Patna-Gaya-Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda, with stations also at Gaya and Patna (Bihta) airports.
“Though a developing state, Bihar has a lot to offer. It has a rich historical legacy and heritage. The state is endowed with rich fertile land, adequate water, moderate climate and a populace capable of hard labour. Bihar has been a land of knowledge which makes its largely young population vibrant and talented. Bihar and Japan share an ethos which emanate from its intrinsic values of peace, harmony and a deep rooted affection for tradition and culture. With Buddhism providing an enduring spiritual glue, we make a perfect pair,” Nitish told a gathering of virtual who’s who in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.
Welcoming the people of Japan for an analogous investment to develop the soft and hard infrastructure in Bihar with a major focus on technological collaborations, Nitish said, “Bihar has abundant resource and potential for a new age industrial and technological revolution. It boasts of a talent base of youngsters with a natural affinity for practical learning and organic thinking. The people of Bihar have a strong ability to adapt and evolve with a view of economic productivity, making them a potent force for transformative industrial output.”
He said Bihar has a unique location specific advantage because of its proximity to the vast markets of eastern and northern India. It has access to ports of Kolkata, Haldia and Paradip and to raw material sources and mineral reserves from the neighbouring states.
Nitish said, the strategic support from Japanese organizations could propel Bihar towards a more transformative paradigm of knowledge and technology driven economy. A combination of world class technology support and capital investment with an incisive human resource and a strong agrarian base is likely to provide unparalleled economic returns to the investors with a tremendous spill over on social sector.
Making a fervent appeal to people of Japan to invest in tourism sector, Nitish said tourism in Bihar could be transformed through amalgamation of rich connotation of Buddhism with the state’s contemporary art and agrarian culture. “There is an opportunity to create a unique tourism experience by emphasizing on rural and agrarian sectors with a view to promote farm visits and people to people experience. For example, a cultural experience in Bodhgaya can be complimented with field visits to vegetable farms and rural economy of Nalanda. Similarly, long stay facilities across Buddhist circuit can be an excellent avenue for cultural emersion of senior citizens,” he said.
The Bihar CM also inaugurated an exhibition of Mithila painting in Vivekanand Mithila Cultural Centre at the Embassy of India in Tokyo on Tuesday.