13.09.2017

The Indian print media has commented on the Strategic ties between India and Japan. The land of the rising sun was the first to recognize India’s potential and the warm friendly ties have grown exponentially. The papers have also discussed President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which means peril for 800,000 Americans. Dailies have called for newer strategies to fight the menace of natural disasters like cyclones and hurricanes.

THE PIONEER in an editorial INDIA’S ALL-TIME FRIEND writes India’s ties with Japan have been one of the bright spots in Indian diplomacy. Japanese companies have helped India develop its industrial sector ever since the Indira Gandhi Government made a crack in the door for foreign investment in the early 1980’s. Today, India is not just a vital market for Suzuki, it is the most important market. Similarly, for Honda, India is a crucial profit-generating market. Hundreds of Japanese firms invested in India’s fledgling industrial capacity, have grown with India, and have made their fair share of money as well, but Japanese companies believed in India well before European and American companies did. Japanese assistance was a key factor in the development of the Delhi Metro, built on the back of low-interest loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which has invested in other urban infrastructure projects across India. It is JICA that will provide much of the financing for the planned Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor that will be jointly inaugurated by Prime Ministers Abe and Modi. Undoubtedly, this 500-kilometre stretch of track will use the latest Japanese bullet trains. Japanese cooperation with India, however, has moved beyond just commercial, financial and industrial collaboration and has moved to the area of defence.

THE HINDU in an editorial SHATTERED DREAMS says nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. now face the possibility of losing their jobs, driver’s licences and university seats and even of being deported to a country that was not their home. The looming legal limbo for this sizeable cohort, which includes around 8,000 Indian nationals, is a direct result of President Donald Trump’s decision on September 5 to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This is a major Obama-era executive action designed to protect those who arrived in the U.S. as children accompanying their undocumented migrant parents. The logic of the Obama administration was that so long as such childhood arrivals integrated lawfully and productively into American society, not committing any crimes, paying their taxes and being upstanding members of the broader community, there could be no reasonable argument to uproot their lives and send them to their parents’ country of origin. Now Mr. Trump has turned that logic on its head in an apparent effort to deliver on his campaign promise to crack down on all forms of undocumented immigration. This could shatter many dreams.

THE HINDUSTAN TIMES in an editorial observes the battering Hurricane Irma has been giving to the US, Antigua and Barbuda,Saint Martin, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas and Cuba Should be a wake-up call for India. This is because the country has a 7,517 km-long densely populated coastline. Along with the human cost of such a catastrophe, the Indian coastline also houses a web of infrastructure, including transport and freight network, road and rail corridors, industrial zones and parks, maritime and port facilities, petroleum industries and refineries. The fifth Assessment Report of the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has also extreme weather events would hit coastal life and property even harder when their impacts get combined with the sea level rise that climate change is causing. To save lines and infrastructure, Indian cities have to work out new strategies for better resilience so that such natural shocks can be withstood with minimal loss.