'Yogi' wins election in JapanYogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of UP, is presently very busy in campaigning for his party. He has been campaigning in Uttar Pradesh and in other states. When Yogi-ji is busy campaigning, another Yogi, Puranik Yogendra (nicknamed Yogi), a 41-year old Pune-born Japan-settled man, has created history by winning an election in Japan. He was backed by Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. This naturalized Japanese citizen wants to become a bridge between the Japanese and other people coming to Japan.
However, I feel that this is not a new trend. Although almost all of us have forgotten Hariprava Takeda, a Bengali lady married and settled in Japan, we still remember Mahabiplobi Rashbihari Bose, who also became a citizen of Japan, married there, got the highest civilian award of the country but fought relentlessly for the independence of India. The contribution of Japan in Netaji's INA is well-known and is not required to be repeated here.
In 2016, daughter of a Bengali father and a Japanese mother, Priyanka Yoshikawa, became Miss Japan (Miss Japan speaks Bengali). She and Puranik Yogendra are carrying forward the old legacy of Indo-Jap friendship and cooperation.
In this connection, we must not forget the deep personal bonding between present Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and present the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.