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New Delhi: With Japan offering over one trillion Yen ($8.11 billion) as a loan, the country is expected to bag the contract to construct India’s first bullet train.

Recently, Japan failed to win an Indonesian high-speed rail deal because China provided a $5 billion loan without guarantees.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was slated to visit India this week and would issue a joint statement on the deal, along with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Tokyo was given responsibility for the feasibility study for construction of the 505 km corridor from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

The project would begin from 2017 and expected to be completed by 2023.

Talks were scheduled between special adviser of the Japanese PM, India PMO and railway ministry officials in Delhi on the finalization of the terms and conditions of bullet train project.

Japan had fixed 0.5 per cent as the rate of interest for the loan. The loan would be a huge boost for India’s development project as the loan repayment date tenure is 50 years.

Japan’s strategy for providing an easy line of credit was aimed at competing against China. Notably, China was fiercely getting involved with infrastructural development in countries in south Asia.

Earlier, in September, China bagged the contract to conduct the feasibility study on the construction of a high-speed train linking a 1200 km route between Delhi and Mumbai.

Both the bullet train projects are a part of the ‘Diamond Quadrilateral’ of high-speed trains covering over 10,000 km track, connecting the four metropolis Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.

Japan aims to complete 80 per cent of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad project cost, only if India buys 30 per cent of the raw material which includes locomotives and coaches from Japanese companies.

(From various sources)

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  • Deshaabhimaani Damodardas Subo

    Something seriously wrong with this Mumbai Ahmadabad project at 98k crores!
    There is no great benefit to India as a whole because of such project or connectivity.
    There is a wonderful national high way existing and it takes about 8 hours. There is still available space on both sides of the national high way and two more lanes each can be developed on each side and that four lines can be high speed lanes allowing 150 to 250km per hour. Buses and cars can go at that speed.
    In the alternative as experienced railway officials say existing rail network can be upgraded to 170mm an hour and MumbaiAhmadabad 525 km can be traversed in about three to three Nd a half hours including a few short stops.
    Yet two to five aircraft on wet lease can start service tomorrow morning with zero tax aviation fuel and some concessions in landing handling fees and one way flight can come in less than fifteen hundred to two thousand rupees and if hyper sensitive flight paths are streamlined 500km is forty five minutes! If you want add free bus or mini bus shuttles from a different Bay at airport. Rest of India has no problem if all you guys of Gujarat are given the status of shri Robert vadrha! But leave us other Indians to our non bullet or bullet train fate! Your ninety eight thousand crores which may become one hundred twenty five thousand crores soon like all projects in India are no less than bullets to the rest of Indian people.

    Shri Modi ji and his honourable ministers want to collect taxes from 1300 million Indian people and squander it on shri Modi ji ‘s political mistress smt Gujarat maharani!

    Gujarat population is less than five percent of India.

    State wise tax revenues Gujarat appears to contribute less than six percent of India

    And shri Modi ji Maharaj wants to take tax money from whole of India and squander it on this useless dream girl project of a stupid bullet train at this cost?!

    something funny is happening! 525 km ahmedabad -mumbai link to cost 15 billion while estimated 2200km chennai-new delhi link would cost 20 billion! 24% distance to cost 75%. and this is big money! chennai -delhi will pass through tamilnadu karnataka,andhra pradesh, telangana, maharashtra, madhya pradesh, uttar pradesh and delhi, while also connecting onward states punjab,haryana, rajasthan, uttaranchal, uttarkhand, chathisgarh, , jammu and kashmir onwards and sideways! what will this mumbaiahmedabad connect?

    Befriend Chinese, ask for technical advise and expertise, take their assistance to set up infrastructure for high speed trains track laying and engine and coaches all made in India.

    We have so many thousands of engineers.

    Send them to work as apprentices to China to work and in everything related to high speed trains!

    May be pay some small technical fees! Come back and do everything in India

    This Japanese thing is going to bring everything or most things from Japan! Japanese economy has become geriatric. by Selling to India they want to do blood transfusion!

    And they want to pit India against China militarily for themselves and for their dear allies USA, United Kingdom, France and Germany. These are big brother Mafia dividing how to loot rest of the world! India is their victim. India Pakistan and India China boundary problems are because of them and Russia! They all sell us arms and other goods, hold up our development and resources as we foolishly keep fighting imaginary enmity!

    It is time for people of the union of India consisting of twenty five plus States to sit and arrive at a fair system of income and expenditure, reducing expenditure and useless corrupt white elephant government servants and develop our country like China, like some South American countries are doing!

    We must stop regional satraps like shri Modi ji Maharaj from carrying away the wealth all other states in the union to just one state, his state!

    The 2002 gave him Gujarat on a platter! It will stay for a few years more.

    Even with gifts of bullet trains and bullets sometimes as in Recent patel agitation, this mistress Gujarat maharani will not stay with him. It is the inherent character of any mistress, political or not! it is not you who they love! it is what they can get from you that they like!

    you gave them hatred against Muslims to love! a thousand or two thousand Muslims were killed in broad day light, some in the presence of your senior IPS officers while inactively looking upon!and you have not investigated, found and prosecuted thousands of the killers!

    those thousands of killers are roaming free in your Gujarati society! can India, can the world forget them, though they are unknown! it more dangerous that they are not known!because they will kill again, or will be great gurus teaching how to kill like Gujarat 2002, or in an improved manner for not being caught! they will spread across the world! the actions and teachings will go far and wide!everyone from Gujarat could be suspect! each Gujarati may suspect each Gujarati! this will go on in the hearts and minds of everyone for many years, many decades and may be centuries! the spine chilling thought of undiscovered or discovered but let off killers, the children of the killers who grow up under their chilling killer instinct and influence, the children of these children, the innocent brides married to them! what a web of disaster it is culturally! the gurus of the great RSS and sangh pariwarmust ponder about this! such ideas will not stay confined only to the religious enemy feeling! killer idea, killing idea will and can turn against anyone, against a wife, against a father, against a mother, against a child, against a leader!

    it such killer idea of shri vinayak ramachandra nathuram godse ji that proudly killed the frail old good man called mohandaskaramchand gandhi! shri gopal gandhi, his brother said all of them brothers beolnged to sangh pariwar, RSS! IT IS TO PROTECTSHRI GURU GOLWALKAR that they refrained from naming their association with RSS at that point of time, the great mighty RSSbanned by shri sardar patel!subsequent evidence also brought to light the role of your another greates of leaders of the killer philosophy, shri vinayak damodar savarkar, an accused in shri gandhi murder case!

    the gujarathi people at large will be bored and vexed of it, the hatred, in some time! their children growing up across India and the world will open their eyes! other Indians will open their eyes! they will stop hating Muslims and start loving all Indians, like other Indians do! soon the Hindus, the Muslims, the Christians, the Buddhists, all Indians will inter marry and inter breed! your canards of love jihad will not work!

    All the states in Union of India shall unite and fight this absolutely unfair move of transfer of wealth of India to one state.

    RSS speaks of akhand bharat!

    With this they will find it very difficult to keep even the khand bharat that we have together today!

    we believe in one India.we practice one India.we pay taxes in one India.but you take our money to Gujarat, and all money of 98Kcrores hard earned rupees by all Indians. that is not sabka saath, sabka vikas! it is pooraa bharath kaa haath, sirif gujaraath kavikas, that too befuzzul vikas!

    This is a great atrocity no other state can accept.

    Smt Indira Gandhi, shri Rajiv Gandhi, smt SONIA GANDHI as bjp calls bacha Rahul Gandhi – all have done something for their constituency amethi, rai bareli etc.

    But no politician in Indian history, no prime minister in Indian history , perhaps no prime minister or president in the world history, or even any maharaja has done such an atrocious thing of taking away so much money, about 15 billion USA dollars from hundred people and give the whole thing to smaller than five, even if it be a political mistress!

    This is an extremely dangerous divisive policy and program that will alienate the rest of India from Gujarat, and from RSS and the larger sangh pariwar.

    I do not think even the larger sangh pariwar from all other states of India can defend this atrocious transfer of wealth for something as useless as a bullet train at this cost at this juncture of our economic development!

    I think the people of India must question the bjp and sangh pariwar everywhere in India on how do they justify this enormous transfer of wealth collected from the whole of India just to gujarat, just to let them have a roller coater ride to mumbai!

    today i checked and an air India ticket for 18 December is available for 1731 rupees, all taxes included! by Gujarat state waiving off tax on aviation fuel, investing some fund in the airport for runway and bay improvement, they can fly in less than 1500 rupees a person! and no bullet train can be less than 2500 to 5000 rupees! so more time, more charge and what for you want to do this? what development are you bringing to India buy giving this bullet train to mumbai- Ahmadabad?

    Even Mumbai tax revenues are hyper figures as just the company corporate offices are situated there and therefore the tax returns get filed there and taxes get paid there!

    This is a divisive policy. The state in which the monies are earned must get a just share and then there shall be a national share which can be judiciously and yet equitably distributed for all of india! if this principle is not refined and made more transparent and equitable, there may be serious issues for the unity of India.

    shri modi ji can not work like an RSS pracharak in the office of the prime minister! he is our prime minister. he must act like prime minister of all Indians.

    i am the humble opinion that all political parties in India must broaden their horizons, see the danger of this dangerous divisive policy that can seriously harm india in the long run, work for scrapping this project, and bring onto table for sharing of tax revenues in a just, fair, equitable manner that is opposed to capriciousness, whimsical behaviour, autocratic, i do what i please because i came to office by fooling you and you shut up for five years methodology, make shri damodardas narendra bhai modi ji to drop this devil of an idea, work for the over all development of India and Indians, while still doing some extra favours to his state ofgaujarat in a reasonable way! not NINTY EIGHT THOUSAND CRORES!

    SHRI MODI JI does not appear to have learnt any lessons from Gujarat having gone to London, having addressed useless jingoistic Indian origin people there! their india is different from our india! all these people walked abroad on the labours and pains of India! we gave them what they had when they left! and they gave us back very little!

    we must be beware of these useless jingoistic pios and ocis. we must protect India!

    and an article appeared in huffington post in defence of this great project!

    the defender says, this is a loan which will have a repayment beginning after fifteen years and will last for a period of 50 years thereafter! shri modi would not expect to last himself as prime minister or in any active capacity after 15 years of completion of this project which is like 2032 or so!

    so shri modi ji is giving a gift to his political mistress of Gujarat state and the forcible repayment will be made by the blood and sweat of the whole of India for fifty long years beginning from 1932! so that will be the blood and sweat of today’s children of 5 to 12 years age! what a wonderful formula discovered by the great prime minister shri modi ji!

    the defender secondly says china is India’s adversary and competitor in everything and therefore we must befriend and invite those who are opposed to or feel threatened by china! therefore we must work with japan and take china on!

    nothing can be more short sighted and anti- Indian people!

    the issues between china and japan is that japan, the militarist-fascist japan, the japan that aligned with the demon of mankind Adolf Hitler maharaj and Benito Mussolini guruji has invaded china in one of the most infamous aggression man kind has known, killed million, raped, burned, and did everything absymal. and the present prime minister is indirectly and sometimes directly glorifying that aggression and mass killings and killers!

    and japan with the help of USA is still keeping some fruits of its fascist- militarist aggression in the form of islands in south china sea taken from china!

    japan, with or without USA help has to one day leave these islands taken from china!

    japan and USA want to woo India, make shri modi and his pariwar feel important, and through them bind India to fight their unjust battle with china. India can not do that!

    525 km ahmedabad -mumbai link to cost 15 billion while estimated 2200km chennai-new delhi link would cost 20 billion! 24% distance to cost 75%. and this is big money! chennai -delhi will pass through tamilnadu karnataka, andhra pradesh, telangana, maharashtra, madhya pradesh, uttar pradesh and delhi, while also connecting onward states punjab, haryana, rajasthan, uttaranchal, uttarkhand, chathisgarh, , jammu and kashmir onwards and sideways! what will this mumbai ahmedabad connect?

    satyameva jayathe! sarvajano sukhinaabhavantho! bhaarath maathaa ki jai! jai hind

  • Deshaabhimaani Damodardas Subo

    Something seriously wrong with this Mumbai Ahmadabad project at 98k crores!
    There is no great benefit to India as a whole because of such project or connectivity.
    There is a wonderful national high way existing and it takes about 8 hours. There is still available space on both sides of the national high way and two more lanes each can be developed on each side and that four lines can be high speed lanes allowing 150 to 250km per hour. Buses and cars can go at that speed.
    In the alternative as experienced railway officials say existing rail network can be upgraded to 170mm an hour and MumbaiAhmadabad 525 km can be traversed in about three to three Nd a half hours including a few short stops.
    Yet two to five aircraft on wet lease can start service tomorrow morning with zero tax aviation fuel and some concessions in landing handling fees and one way flight can come in less than fifteen hundred to two thousand rupees and if hyper sensitive flight paths are streamlined 500km is forty five minutes! If you want add free bus or mini bus shuttles from a different Bay at airport. Rest of India has no problem if all you guys of Gujarat are given the status of shri Robert vadrha! But leave us other Indians to our non bullet or bullet train fate! Your ninety eight thousand crores which may become one hundred twenty five thousand crores soon like all projects in India are no less than bullets to the rest of Indian people.

    Shri Modi ji and his honourable ministers want to collect taxes from 1300 million Indian people and squander it on shri Modi ji ‘s political mistress smt Gujarat maharani!

    Gujarat population is less than five percent of India.

    State wise tax revenues Gujarat appears to contribute less than six percent of India

    And shri Modi ji Maharaj wants to take tax money from whole of India and squander it on this useless dream girl project of a stupid bullet train at this cost?!

    something funny is happening! 525 km ahmedabad -mumbai link to cost 15 billion while estimated 2200km chennai-new delhi link would cost 20 billion! 24% distance to cost 75%. and this is big money! chennai -delhi will pass through tamilnadu karnataka,andhra pradesh, telangana, maharashtra, madhya pradesh, uttar pradesh and delhi, while also connecting onward states punjab,haryana, rajasthan, uttaranchal, uttarkhand, chathisgarh, , jammu and kashmir onwards and sideways! what will this mumbaiahmedabad connect?

    Befriend Chinese, ask for technical advise and expertise, take their assistance to set up infrastructure for high speed trains track laying and engine and coaches all made in India.

    We have so many thousands of engineers.

    Send them to work as apprentices to China to work and in everything related to high speed trains!

    May be pay some small technical fees! Come back and do everything in India

    This Japanese thing is going to bring everything or most things from Japan! Japanese economy has become geriatric. by Selling to India they want to do blood transfusion!

    And they want to pit India against China militarily for themselves and for their dear allies USA, United Kingdom, France and Germany. These are big brother Mafia dividing how to loot rest of the world! India is their victim. India Pakistan and India China boundary problems are because of them and Russia! They all sell us arms and other goods, hold up our development and resources as we foolishly keep fighting imaginary enmity!

    It is time for people of the union of India consisting of twenty five plus States to sit and arrive at a fair system of income and expenditure, reducing expenditure and useless corrupt white elephant government servants and develop our country like China, like some South American countries are doing!

    We must stop regional satraps like shri Modi ji Maharaj from carrying away the wealth all other states in the union to just one state, his state!

    The 2002 gave him Gujarat on a platter! It will stay for a few years more.

    Even with gifts of bullet trains and bullets sometimes as in Recent patel agitation, this mistress Gujarat maharani will not stay with him. It is the inherent character of any mistress, political or not! it is not you who they love! it is what they can get from you that they like!

    you gave them hatred against Muslims to love! a thousand or two thousand Muslims were killed in broad day light, some in the presence of your senior IPS officers while inactively looking upon!and you have not investigated, found and prosecuted thousands of the killers!

    those thousands of killers are roaming free in your Gujarati society! can India, can the world forget them, though they are unknown! it more dangerous that they are not known!because they will kill again, or will be great gurus teaching how to kill like Gujarat 2002, or in an improved manner for not being caught! they will spread across the world! the actions and teachings will go far and wide!everyone from Gujarat could be suspect! each Gujarati may suspect each Gujarati! this will go on in the hearts and minds of everyone for many years, many decades and may be centuries! the spine chilling thought of undiscovered or discovered but let off killers, the children of the killers who grow up under their chilling killer instinct and influence, the children of these children, the innocent brides married to them! what a web of disaster it is culturally! the gurus of the great RSS and sangh pariwarmust ponder about this! such ideas will not stay confined only to the religious enemy feeling! killer idea, killing idea will and can turn against anyone, against a wife, against a father, against a mother, against a child, against a leader!

    it such killer idea of shri vinayak ramachandra nathuram godse ji that proudly killed the frail old good man called mohandaskaramchand gandhi! shri gopal gandhi, his brother said all of them brothers beolnged to sangh pariwar, RSS! IT IS TO PROTECTSHRI GURU GOLWALKAR that they refrained from naming their association with RSS at that point of time, the great mighty RSSbanned by shri sardar patel!subsequent evidence also brought to light the role of your another greates of leaders of the killer philosophy, shri vinayak damodar savarkar, an accused in shri gandhi murder case!

    the gujarathi people at large will be bored and vexed of it, the hatred, in some time! their children growing up across India and the world will open their eyes! other Indians will open their eyes! they will stop hating Muslims and start loving all Indians, like other Indians do! soon the Hindus, the Muslims, the Christians, the Buddhists, all Indians will inter marry and inter breed! your canards of love jihad will not work!

    All the states in Union of India shall unite and fight this absolutely unfair move of transfer of wealth of India to one state.

    RSS speaks of akhand bharat!

    With this they will find it very difficult to keep even the khand bharat that we have together today!

    we believe in one India.we practice one India.we pay taxes in one India.but you take our money to Gujarat, and all money of 98Kcrores hard earned rupees by all Indians. that is not sabka saath, sabka vikas! it is pooraa bharath kaa haath, sirif gujaraath kavikas, that too befuzzul vikas!

    This is a great atrocity no other state can accept.

    Smt Indira Gandhi, shri Rajiv Gandhi, smt SONIA GANDHI as bjp calls bacha Rahul Gandhi – all have done something for their constituency amethi, rai bareli etc.

    But no politician in Indian history, no prime minister in Indian history , perhaps no prime minister or president in the world history, or even any maharaja has done such an atrocious thing of taking away so much money, about 15 billion USA dollars from hundred people and give the whole thing to smaller than five, even if it be a political mistress!

    This is an extremely dangerous divisive policy and program that will alienate the rest of India from Gujarat, and from RSS and the larger sangh pariwar.

    I do not think even the larger sangh pariwar from all other states of India can defend this atrocious transfer of wealth for something as useless as a bullet train at this cost at this juncture of our economic development!

    I think the people of India must question the bjp and sangh pariwar everywhere in India on how do they justify this enormous transfer of wealth collected from the whole of India just to gujarat, just to let them have a roller coater ride to mumbai!

    today i checked and an air India ticket for 18 December is available for 1731 rupees, all taxes included! by Gujarat state waiving off tax on aviation fuel, investing some fund in the airport for runway and bay improvement, they can fly in less than 1500 rupees a person! and no bullet train can be less than 2500 to 5000 rupees! so more time, more charge and what for you want to do this? what development are you bringing to India buy giving this bullet train to mumbai- Ahmadabad?

    Even Mumbai tax revenues are hyper figures as just the company corporate offices are situated there and therefore the tax returns get filed there and taxes get paid there!

    This is a divisive policy. The state in which the monies are earned must get a just share and then there shall be a national share which can be judiciously and yet equitably distributed for all of india! if this principle is not refined and made more transparent and equitable, there may be serious issues for the unity of India.

    shri modi ji can not work like an RSS pracharak in the office of the prime minister! he is our prime minister. he must act like prime minister of all Indians.

    i am the humble opinion that all political parties in India must broaden their horizons, see the danger of this dangerous divisive policy that can seriously harm india in the long run, work for scrapping this project, and bring onto table for sharing of tax revenues in a just, fair, equitable manner that is opposed to capriciousness, whimsical behaviour, autocratic, i do what i please because i came to office by fooling you and you shut up for five years methodology, make shri damodardas narendra bhai modi ji to drop this devil of an idea, work for the over all development of India and Indians, while still doing some extra favours to his state ofgaujarat in a reasonable way! not NINTY EIGHT THOUSAND CRORES!

    SHRI MODI JI does not appear to have learnt any lessons from Gujarat having gone to London, having addressed useless jingoistic Indian origin people there! their india is different from our india! all these people walked abroad on the labours and pains of India! we gave them what they had when they left! and they gave us back very little!

    we must be beware of these useless jingoistic pios and ocis. we must protect India!

    and an article appeared in huffington post in defence of this great project!

    the defender says, this is a loan which will have a repayment beginning after fifteen years and will last for a period of 50 years thereafter! shri modi would not expect to last himself as prime minister or in any active capacity after 15 years of completion of this project which is like 2032 or so!

    so shri modi ji is giving a gift to his political mistress of Gujarat state and the forcible repayment will be made by the blood and sweat of the whole of India for fifty long years beginning from 1932! so that will be the blood and sweat of today’s children of 5 to 12 years age! what a wonderful formula discovered by the great prime minister shri modi ji!

    the defender secondly says china is India’s adversary and competitor in everything and therefore we must befriend and invite those who are opposed to or feel threatened by china! therefore we must work with japan and take china on!

    nothing can be more short sighted and anti- Indian people!

    the issues between china and japan is that japan, the militarist-fascist japan, the japan that aligned with the demon of mankind Adolf Hitler maharaj and Benito Mussolini guruji has invaded china in one of the most infamous aggression man kind has known, killed million, raped, burned, and did everything absymal. and the present prime minister is indirectly and sometimes directly glorifying that aggression and mass killings and killers!

    and japan with the help of USA is still keeping some fruits of its fascist- militarist aggression in the form of islands in south china sea taken from china!

    japan, with or without USA help has to one day leave these islands taken from china!

    japan and USA want to woo India, make shri modi and his pariwar feel important, and through them bind India to fight their unjust battle with china. India can not do that!

    525 km ahmedabad -mumbai link to cost 15 billion while estimated 2200km chennai-new delhi link would cost 20 billion! 24% distance to cost 75%. and this is big money! chennai -delhi will pass through tamilnadu karnataka, andhra pradesh, telangana, maharashtra, madhya pradesh, uttar pradesh and delhi, while also connecting onward states punjab, haryana, rajasthan, uttaranchal, uttarkhand, chathisgarh, , jammu and kashmir onwards and sideways! what will this mumbai ahmedabad connect?

    satyameva jayathe! sarvajano sukhinaabhavantho! bhaarath maathaa ki jai! jai hind

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Bhai Boolchand-the Indian who launched trade with Ghana

The first Indian to arrive in the Gold Coast (Ghana's colonial name) in 1890 , Bhai Boolchand launched trade in India with Ghana

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Ghanian flag, Bhai Boolchand launched trade in India with Ghana.
Ghanian flag, Bhai Boolchand launched trade in India with Ghana. pixelbay
  • Bhai Boolchand, the anonymous Indian, is credited with starting trade between Ghana and India
  • The year was 1890.

Not much is known about him, but it has now emerged that trade relations between Ghana and Indiawere started by Bhai Boolchand, the first Indian to arrive in the Gold Coast — Ghana’s colonial name — in 1890. That’s some 67 years before the British colonial government granted the country independence, research by the Indian Association of Ghana has found.

“As far as our records show, Bhai Boolchand (of the Bhaiband Sindhworki trading community), landed on the shores of the Gold Coast in western Africa in 1890. Nearly twenty years later, in 1919, the first Sindhi company was established by two brothers — Tarachand Jasoomal Daswani and Metharam Jasoomal Daswani,” the Indian Association said.

The duo opened a store — Metharam Jassomal Brothers — in the then capital city of Cape Coast in 1919.

“Their business flourished and branches were opened in Accra and Kumasi. A few years later, the two brothers separated and whilst Bhai Metharam Jasoomal continued the business as Metharam Brothers, Tarachand Jasoomal operated his business as Bombay Bazaar. These were the first two Indian companies that were established in the Gold Coast,” the Association said.

Boolchand’s arrival, therefore, pre-dates the historical links between the two countries that were always thought to have started between Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkruman, and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Boolchand can thus be described as the one who paved the way for the arrival of other members of the Sindhi community, initially as traders and shopkeepers.

The Indian Association said more of this group arrived in the 1950s and 1960s, with a few venturing into manufacturing industries such as garments, plastics, textiles, insecticides, electronics, pharmaceuticals and optical goods.

The Association said two more Indian firms were established under the names of Lilaram Thanwardas and Mahtani Brothers in the 1920s. This trend continued in the 1930s and 1940s with the creation of several more Indian companies like T. Chandirams, Punjabi Brothers, Wassiamal Brothers, Hariram Brothers, K. Chellaram & Sons, G. Motiram, D.P. Motwani, G. Dayaram, V. Lokumal, and Glamour Stores.

Glamour Stores, which was stared by Ramchand Khubchandani who arrived in Ghana in 1929, has grown — after changing its name to Melcom Group — to become the largest retailing business in the country. The Melcom Group, headed by Ramchand’s son Bhagwan Khubchandani, is now in its 60th year and about 40 stores all over the country.

Ramchand and his brother later went into garment manufacturing in 1955 and once employed over 1,200 Ghanaians. They later opened the first Indian restaurant, Maharaja, in Ghana. Bhagwan followed in his father’s footsteps and in 1989 established the Melcom Group with his sons-in-law, Mahesh Melwani and Ramesh Sadhwani.

Another Indian-owned company that has survived through the years is the Mohanani Group, which is currently in its 51st year. At the first-ever Ghana Expatriate Business Awards, the Ministry of Trade and Industries recognised the work of one of the thriving Indian-owned B5 Plus Steel Company and awarded it the Best Expatriate Company in the metal and steel category.

As these companies brought in new expatriate staff, some left their employers to venture out on their own — resulting in more companies opening up.

“After 1947, the Gold Coast attracted the attention of some Indian multinational companies, and big names like Chanrai, Bhojsons, K.A.J. Chotirmal, Dalamals and A.D. Gulab opened branches in Ghana,” the Association said.

“The employment of Ghanaians by these founding companies also helped to lessen the burden of unemployment in the country. This amply demonstrates the level of commitment India has in the developmental agenda of Ghana,” it said.

Indians are not only investing in the manufacturing and commercial sectors of the country; they are also investing in the financial sector. Bank of Baroda, one of India’s biggest and most reputable banks, recently established a branch in Ghana and hopefully it will expand its operations in other parts of the country very soon. (IANS)

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Beatles, Apple, Facebook knew India more than Indians

Famous non-Indian celebrities know more about India and its past

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The Beatles once visited India to know more bout its past and culture.
The Beatles once visited India to know more bout its past and culture. Wikipedia

-By Salil Gewali

Facebook’s Chairman Mark Zuckerberg had dropped a bombshell on the “secularists” in India during PM Modi’s visit to his campus in California. It’s all about the Facebook connection with India. Initially, it was never a bed of roses for what is now a household name “FACEBOOK” across the world. This world-famous ‘social networking service company’ had its own share of bad times. Revealing for the first time in the meeting at the Facebook office upbeat Zuckerberg told PM Narendra Modi that Steve Jobs, the founder Chairman of Apple, had advised him to visit a certain temple in India for blessings. The revelation may have caused heartburn to many. More so in India where so-called secular and snooty folks have long acquired a proclivity to look down upon their own culture, religion, and values while being appreciative of any bizarre customs and styles of the West. Yes, heeding the advice of his mentor Steve Jobs the depressed Mark had visited the temple and toured around India for nearly a month.

Facebook's CEO tells about India.
Facebook’s CEO tells about India. wikipedia

Well, the American techno-wizard Steve Jobs had himself spent over six months in India in 1974. He was here in quest of the higher meaning of life and spiritual solace. As understood, from early age Steve was quite haunted by a good deal of unanswered questions. Of course, his encounter with a book “Be Here Now” by Richard Alpert, a Harvard Professor, had opened up a gateway to the spiritualism of the East. This book had also introduced him to a mystic Yogi ‘Neem Karoli Baba’. That later inspired Steve to set out the journey for the East. As soon as Steve and his friend Daniel Kottke arrived India they directly went to meet the Guru in Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital. But to their disappointment, they found the Baba had already passed away some months earlier. Nevertheless, the urge to dive deeper into the spiritualism did not die away. They shaved their heads and put on Indian clothes and undertook an extensive meditation and yogic practices.

The most significant impact that had made upon Steve’s life was a book “Autobiography of a Yogi”by Paramhansa Yogananda. It is on record that he would read this book too frequently, at least once every year until his death, 2011. This book had given him the practical insight into what exactly this world is about and how a layman can prepare himself to realize the Supreme knowledge. The first-hand account of a Yogi with empirical approaches to know oneself this book by Yogananda is a smash hit manual now among the seekers of the Eastern spiritualism.

Yes, by dint of hard work, intuition and innovation Steve stood out as one of the most successful techno-tycoons of the modern times. As much known, Jobs was hardly possessed by the luxury of riches and materialistic vanity. He just regarded his entrepreneurship as a tool to awaken his dormant potentialities. The chairman of Salesforce.com and famous philanthropist Marc Benioff says with conviction — “If you want to understand Steve, it’s a good idea to dig into ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’.” It is this book which Steve’s family had given to all the guests as a last gift at his memorial service.

Here we can’t afford to ignore the Beatle’s fascination for INDIA as well. The band members that were basking in the opulence of materialistic riches and glory visited India (Rishikesh) in search of inner peace. They met with Sri Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and learnt from him Transcendental meditation (TM) who laid bare methods to feel true bliss within. Sri Maharshi is a big name in the West having a huge following that includes celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, David Lynch, Russell Brand, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Aniston, Modern physicist Dr. John Hagelin, to name a few. The Beatle’s Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr often assist a Hollywood Director/actor David Lynch to organize the Transcendental meditation under ‘David Lynch Foundation’ across USA and the European countries. George Harrison later took refuge in Bhakti Yoga. The founder of ISKCON Srila Prabhupada showed him the pathway to the Supreme Consciousness.

What basically pulls the rational westerners to India is less known to Indians themselves. It’s shamefully paradoxical. From early 19th Century, the philosophical literary treasure troves and Yoga of India found more admirers in the foreign lands than at home. Indeed, the philosophy of the “laws of karma” and the presence of all-power-divinity within every being and everywhere — which any human being can realize irrespective of one’s caste, creed, nationality, and color, has intensely stirred the greatest of the great minds of the West. The ancient texts hold out a whole bunch of keys to unlock oneself and know his/her relationship with the Supreme Being which in fact seems very reasonable to the West. Further, the complex studies of world-view by Modern scientists are gradually arriving at the same conclusion what the ancient sages of India expounded over five thousands year back that ‘creation and creator are ONE’. Interconnection, inter-relation and interdependence among every individual particle/object, living or non-living, in the infinite universe — which is the fundamental tenets of the Eastern philosophy, provided a new light of wisdom to the the modern physicists like Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Julius Oppenheimer, Brain David Josephson, David Bohm, John Stewart Bell et al.

Well, Indian’s contribution to the western academia is immeasurable — though deliberately undermined or less discussed in India itself. It’s very worthwhile to recall a famous proclamation by our western master whom we hold in the highest esteem. TS Eliot, one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th century, asserts: “Indian philosophers’ subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys”.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter @SGewali.

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Forks in the Road : 10 places to eat in Delhi

Delhi has so many diverse cuisines to offer. Here is the list of 10 places to eat in delhi which you can not miss

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Delhi, the present day cultural hub of India, which was once under the rule of The Parthians, The Turks, The Afghans, The Mughals and The Britishers which left an impact on the city and gave it its own  unique status. Tourists from all over the world come down to Delhi and lose their hearts to it scrumptious cuisines.

It’s winter in Delhi, a perfect weather for sampling Delhi’s most famous attractions- its incredible street food. It’s not just the street food that Delhi is famous for but a lot of history and culture that is mixed up with the food. Everything from Asoka era to Mughals to the invaders who held sway over Delhi to Purana Qila, have left the taste of the food behind.

To the variety of chats that will take you on tour of tangy, sweet and spicy flavours to the non-vegetarian food which will remind of the rich flavours to the food never tasted anywhere, Delhi has it all.

Here are 10 places to visit for indulging into the flavors of Delhi.

  1. Paranthe Wali Gali
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Paranthe Wali Gali since 1870s is the name of a narrow street in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi known for its series of shops selling parantha, an Indian flatbread. The food is old fashioned, strictly vegetarian and the cooked dishes do not include onion or garlic. Stuffed aloo (potato), Gobi (cauliflower) and matar (peas) paranthas are the most popular ones. Lentil paranthas are also available. The cost could come up to 150 rupees for 2 people. This street is lit from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  1. Dilli Haat
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Dilli Haat does not only showcase the rich Indian culture and diverse Indian Heritage, but is also one of the best place to enjoy regional food from all over the country. Dilli Haat provides various food stalls having food from various Indian States that gives you a variety of choice at low cost prices. Its timings are from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bijoli Grill- a West Bengal food stall offering Fish curry and Kosha Mangsho; Momo Mia, an Arunanchal Pradesh food stall offering Momos and Fruit Beer; Nagaland Kitchen, a Nagaland food stall offering Raja Mircha and Momos; Manipur Foods, a Manipuri Food Stall offering Fried Rice, Tarai Tong ad Fruit Beer; Rajasthani Food Stall offering Pyaaz Kachori, Desi Ghee Jalebi and Rajasthani Thali; Maharashtra Food Stall offering Vada Pav, Puran Poli, Shrikhand; Dawath-E-Awadh, a UP Food Stall offering Kebabs, Biryani and Phirni and other food stalls from states such as Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Kerala.

  1. Khan Market
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Khan Market is not only a place for die hard shoppers, it is also Delhi’s incredible food districts. A neighborhood that never sleeps, whose streets are filled with the scent of mutton kebab and fried rice. Khan Market has restaurants such as Town Hall Restaurant, The Big Chili Café, Yellow Brick Road Restaurant, Wok in Clouds, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Soda bottle opner wala, Azam’s Mughlai, Café Turtle, Omazoni and Market Café.

  1. Spice Aangan
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Tucked away in Safdarjung Development Area’s main market is a hole-in-the-wall tandoor-and-takeaway restaurant known as Spice Aangan. Spice Aangan has been a staple of the SDA market food scene for a while now. The hole-in-the-wall is bang opposite the small, grassless park located at the centre of the market. While there are a couple of steel benches at edge of the park to sit and enjoy their food, it is otherwise a purely takeaway and home delivery outlet. Restaurant serves tandoori snacks–chicken tikka, malai tikka, seekh kebab–as well as mutton dishes, curries, biryani and shawarma rolls. Despite so many options, though, you’d be hard pressed to find the regulars ordering anything other than the chicken shawarma.

  1. Karim’s
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Karim’s is a historic restaurant located near Jama Masjid Gali Kababian, Old Delhi, Delhi. It is know that this is the best restaurant in Delhi, serving non-vegetarian food since 1913. The original Karim’s is bang opposite Jama Masjid in the walled city area of Delhi. It is close to a market known as Darya Ganj. Those visiting Karim’s for the first time will be surprised at the location. Getting there is not easy, you will need to ask locals for help. Mutton Burra, Mutton Raan-this starter is huge, and is meant for four or five people. There is a wide range of kebabs including Seekh Kebabs, Shammi Kebabs and Mutton Tikka. Chicken Seekh Kebab, Tandoori Chicken or Chicken Tikka for those who love chicken. Mutton Korma, Mutton Stew and Badam Pasanda Chicken Noor Jehan and Chicken Jahangiri are the main courses to be tried once you get there. As for the bread Khamiri Roti is something not to be missed. Karim’s serves two main desserts Kheer Benazir and Shahi Tukda.

  1. Pandara Road
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Delhi serves delectable food in almost every nook and corner of the city. Whether it is crowded streets of Chandni Chowk or the sophisticated eateries of Khan Market. One such stop is Pandara Road Market, located near India Gate, the place serves best non-vegetarian food of the city, so all the meat lovers out there fill your wallets. Havemore offering the best Butter chicken and garlic naan and Gulati which is best known for its Dum Biryani and kebabs with the cost price of 1500 rupees for two, and many other restaurants like Chicken Inn, Pindi and Ichiban.

  1. Amar Colony
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Amar Colony is generally known to be the hub of garments but it is also the hidden street food hub. Home to a diverse population from India, Africa and Afghanistan, there is no doubt, diversity in food here too. A number of small joints for street food in Amar Colony exist which serve the most delicious dishes for you. Most of the shops are situated in the main market and are close to each other. Nagpal Chole Bhature, Hunger Strike, Tibb’s Frankie, Biryani Corner, 34 Chowringhee Lane, Sharma Chaat Bhandar, Deepaul’s Café, Dolma Aunty Momos, Muttu South Indian Anna, High On Burger are the best places to visit when on Pandara Road.

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  1. Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar
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Hudson Lane, very close to the main North Campus area, is one place where you will find one of the finest cafés and best restaurants in Delhi. Mostly serving Italian, Café, and Fast Food Cuisine, these quirky joints offer an amazing culinary experience at an extremely pocket-friendly price. Woodbox Café, Mad Monkey, Indus Flavors, QD’s, Ricos and Big yellow Door are the most recommended places to munch at.

  1. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
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Situated near Paranthe Wali Gal, Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala is a small but popular street stall that’s been serving sought- after Kachoris since the early 1970s. Kachori stuffed with urad dal and served with special spicy chutney is a must try ther.

  1. Connaught Place
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From fancy revolving restaurants to the delicious local rajma chawal, Connaught place does not discriminate when it comes to food. Home to some of the best restaurants in Delhii and also ironic dahbas, one can relish all kinds of cuisines here be it local, regional or international. Kake Da Hotel, Parikrama, Jain Chawal Wale, Minar and much more are the places to step up with.