The streets of Ahmedabad came alive with song and dance performances as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a road show with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and his wife, the first such event by the Indian premier with a visiting head of government. This is the first time a joyous celebration was accorded to a foreign dignitary in India. Song and dance performances were held by the roadside as the cavalcade rolled on, guarded by gun toting security personnel. Crowds lining up the streets cheered lustily as Modi and Abe waved at them. Akie, meanwhile happily clicked photos with her mobile phone. People were seen waving Indian and Japanese national flags at several places. The road show, designed to showcase India’s cultural diversity saw artistes from several states performing on 28 stages erected by the roadside. They performed folk dances in traditional attires, while at several places along the way people in customary Japanese ensemble carrying parasols were also seen breaking into a jig to welcome the visiting dignitaries. The road show, which began from Ahmedabad airport ended at the Sabarmati Ashram after traversing nearly eight kilometres. It was indeed a road show with a difference. Ever since Modi took over the relationship between India and Japan, it is flourishing and we hope better relationship between the two countries in the days to come.
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