900 319 0030

Statesmanship on Paying Homage

iasparliament Logo
December 29, 2016

Why in news?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited to Pearl Harbour this week.

Why the apology has been delayed?

  • In the case of Japan, the conservatives have long regarded that any attempt to apologise for Pearl Harbour incident in 1941 as nothing but a betrayal of the national interest.
  • In the US view, the horror in Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the war to a close sooner than it might otherwise have been. They have also sought to reject the narrative that the dropping of the atom bomb was a calculated demonstration of U.S. and western military superiority in a Cold War scenario.

Were there precedence?

  • Much earlier this year the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has formally apologized in the House of Commons for the Komagata Maru incident.
  • Kniefall von Warschau was a famous incident that happened on December 7, 1970, during a visit to a monument of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by the then German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
  • After laying down a wreath, Brandt, spontaneously knelt. He remained silently in that position for a short time apologising for the crimes commited in Warsaw Ghetto.

Why is it significant?

  • Earlier U.S. President Barack Obama paid his homage at the peace memorial at Hiroshima.
  • Both the leaders have undertaken this bold and difficult journey on behalf of their peoples.
  • Conspicuous gestures of reconciliation between nations to heal the deep emotional wounds of wars will have connotations that go beyond the symbolic.
  • Abe and Obama have displayed a statesmanlike readiness to rise above partisan accounts.
  • They emphasised the need to bridge the gulf that neither history nor geography could have narrowed.
  • “The ability to acknowledge a wrong that has been done, to simply say sorry, will go a far far longer way than some percentage of GDP in the form of aid.”
  • Prime Minister Abe and President Obama have shown how history can be revisited in a realistic manner.
  • It remains for countries grappling with their own complex pasts to draw the right lessons from this.


Category: Mains | GS – II | International Relations

Source: The Indian Express


Login or Register to Post Comments
There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to review.



Upsc Mains 2022