Dhaka: – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the festivities on the occasion of Bangladesh completing 50 years of independence. The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize awarded by India was presented to Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, the founder of Bangladesh. The award was received by Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, daughters of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. At this time, Prime Minister Modi showered praises on the population of Bangladesh for their sacrifices for language, culture and the country and facing the atrocities courageously. Simultaneously, the Prime Minister proudly remembered the Indian soldiers who shed their blood for Bangladesh independence. Prime Minister also pointed out both countries have the same opportunities and face the same challenges.
Prime Minister Modi specially emphasised the similarities in both countries. There are big opportunities in the trade and industry sector. At the same time, both countries face similar challenges like terrorism. Malicious forces encouraging these inhuman acts are still active. India and Bangladesh have to be vigilant about them. At the same time, they have to be united to face these forces. India and Bangladesh both have the power of democracy. There is a clear objective of progress. Prime Minister Modi delivered a message that, therefore, it becomes important that both progress together.
Bangladesh has proved all those wrong, who opposed the creation of Bangladesh and doubted whether the country would survive. Prime Minister Modi showered praises that Bangladesh, under the able leadership of Sheikh Hasina, is proving its capabilities to the world. Whereas, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed gratitude for the Indian contribution to the creation of Bangladesh. At the same time, Sheikh Hasina said that she expected India to play an important role in the stability and prosperity of the South Asian region.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister lauded the ‘Neighbours First’ policy, giving priority to the neighbouring countries. The neighbouring countries had the highest preference in the supply of vaccines by India; these included Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commended India, saying that this Indian decision reflected the Neighbours First policy. Some opposition parties in Bangladesh are opposed to the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Bangladesh. These opposition parties tried to target Prime Minister Modi, raising the issue of distributing the Teesta river water. But Prime Minister Modi has assured that India will consider the demands of Bangladesh while resolving the issue regarding the distribution of Teesta river waters.