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Aug 30 2014

The news from India is that India and Japan have signed A Partner City MoU to develop Varanasi into ‘smart city’ using the experience of Kyoto, the ’smart city’ of Japan. This happened during the five-day visit of the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi to Japan.

What is Partner City MoU, you ask? 

The partner City MoU (memorandum of understanding) provides for cooperation in heritage conservation, city modernisation and cooperation in the fields of art, culture and academics, that will serve as framework for Smart heritage city programme between the two countries, as per the Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin.

What is the link with Kyoto, you ask? 

Kyoto, is a heritage city with Buddhist culture and Varanasi's link to Buddhism is deep rooted (read about the culturally 'rich' city, Varanasi, also called Benaras, in our travel memoir here).

We Say ...

Words have ceased to express the joy and the anticipation that India's visionary Prime Minister is bringing to Indians and people of Indian origin who wish to take pride in their cultural heritage! If he continues on this path, he well might make his vision of “rejuvenating” Indian cities and with that, our heart's desire, a reality!!!! Way to go, Na Mo !!!! 


Destination: Varanasi

The holy city for Hindus- Benaras (or Banaras), officially called Varanasi and lovingly called Kashi, is in Uttar Pradesh in India. 


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