Noteworthy events have been taking place around the region lately. Here in Thailand we have seen the first visit by a Japanese premier in more than a decade, and an interesting year lies ahead, given current tensions with China, as Japan and Asean mark 40 years of formal relations.
This week also marks the 63rd anniversary of Republic Day in India, on Jan 26, and millions of Indians no doubt are reflecting on recent tragic events and wondering what kind of society their country is becoming.
The ferocity of two recent rape cases and the way they have exposed the shortcomings of Indian justice and social attitudes has been hard to take.
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