BANGLADESH– Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh at the invitation of PM Sheikh Hasina, who arrived in Dhaka on Friday to participate in Bangladesh’s 50th Independence Day or the war of Liberation celebrations of this year. There at Bangladesh’s National Martyrs’ Memorial in Upazila, PM Modi laid a bouquet to remember the fallen freedom fighters of the 1971 Liberation war.
Meanwhile, in the preceding days, several nations’ leaders conveyed their good wishes to Bangladesh namely, Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and so on. Some of the congratulatory messages were also received from many, including Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Yoshihide Suga, and Imran Khan.
On the other hand, PM Modi planted a sapling and wrote in the visitor’s book- “I pay my heartfelt tribute to the patriotic martyrs of Bangladesh, whose glorious sacrifices enabled the birth of this great nation. May every visitor to this revered ground honor the sacred memory of the millions who were slain but not silenced”.
He added- “Their valor will continue to inspire future generations to fight injustice and defend the cause of righteousness. On behalf of the people of India, I pray that the eternal flame at Savar remains a lasting reminder of the noble victory of truth and courage over deceit and oppression”.
Later, Modi visited National Parade Ground to take part in the National Day Celebrations and awarded Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 posthumously to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman-Bangladesh’s Father Of Nation. And this award was received by his daughters- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh
Later, PM Modi held talks with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen. During the meet, the two leaders reflected and discussed strengthening their all-encompassing partnership based on equality, trust, sovereignty, and understanding of the bilateral strategic partnership.
Meanwhile, Modi also remembered his strife for independence of Bangladesh and also saluted soldiers of the Indian Army who stood with people in ‘Muktijuddho. He added- “I would like to remind brothers & sisters in Bangladesh with pride, being involved in the struggle for independence of Bangladesh was one of the first movements of my life. I must have been 20-22 years old when I & my colleagues did Satyagraha for Bangladesh’s freedom”.
While addressing young minds and ideas, PM Modi said- “There are similar opportunities in trade and industry, and similar challenges in terrorism”. He also invited entrepreneurs of Bangladesh to visit India and declared a Swarna Jayanti scholarship for youths.
With the completion of 50 years of relation between the two nations, PM phrased his will to invite 50 entrepreneurs with business ideas to visit India. To join the start-up and innovation ecosystem and meet our venture investors.
He also expressed his utter happiness on the Covid vaccine made in India, which was being used by Bangladesh. And this was the major reason for resolving the old disputes.
In the evening, Modi was invited to attend the inaugural program of Bangabandhu, Bapu Museum at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital city, where Hasina was present.
First Visit Since Covid-19 Pandemic
Prime Minister’s selection of Bangladesh visit as his first overseas destination since covid-19. It is significant as the PM tries to reaffirm India’s high-level relationship with its neighbor.
Earlier, the relation between the two nations suffered due to the CAA-NRC dispute but later it recovered after the Covid-19 crisis.
Lastly, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina continued her heartiest thanks to Indian Prime Minister Modi for coming and gracing the event amidst the global pandemic. She also stated- On January 21 Bangladesh received as a gift from India around two million doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford University vaccines produced under the license by the Serum Institute of India.
Moreover, it has sent consignments of domestically produced covid vaccines to Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mauritius, and Seychelles. He also took 1.2 million doses with him on his visit to a South Asian country.
While delegating level talks, the PM signed a Memorandum of Understanding. On the next day, he held a restricted delegation discussion with his counterpart Hasina.
On this visit, the foreign secretary Harsh Shringa- “This (PM Modi’s) visit will be of very special significance and will serve to highlight the celebration of very special and unique ties which reinforces comprehensive strategic ties with Bangladesh”.
Lastly, PM Modi visited the Orakandi Matua temple on his last day in Bangladesh. It is the birthplace of Matua gurus Harichand Thakur and Guruchand Thakur and the cradle of the Matua Mahasangha that largely includes Namasudras.
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