Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the contribution of the Indian Army in Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence. He joined President Abdul Hamid and his rival Sheikh Hasina in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence.
Recalling the war of independence in 1971, Modi said that the image of the then Pakistan Army on the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) was confusing to the people of India. “I would like to remind the brothers and sisters of Bangladesh with pride that taking part in the freedom struggle of Bangladesh was one of the first movements of my life. .
The War of 1971 broke out in East Pakistan after a sudden crackdown by the Pakistani army in East Pakistan. The War of 19 broke broke out and ended on 16 December. In the same year, Pakistan conceded defeat and surrendered unconditionally at Ondaka. The fighters and Indian troops surrendered to the Allied forces at Compaka.
Three million people were officially killed during the nine-month-long war.
Modi said both India and Bangladesh have democracy and vision for the future and the two countries need the region to move forward together. “That is why the governments of India and Bangladesh are making meaningful efforts in this direction,” he said.
“We must remember that we have the same opportunities in trade and commerce, but at the same time we have the same kind of threat as terrorism. The ideas and forces behind such inhumane acts are still active. We must be vigilant and united to deal with them.” He added.
Addressing the 50th Independence Anniversary of Bangladesh at the National Parade Square, Modi recalled the role played by the Indian Army in the war of independence, who fought for their liberation and the blood of Indian soldiers is flowing together and this blood will create a relationship that Does not break under any kind of pressure
“I salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army who stood with the brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in the liberation war. They gave their blood, sacrificed and played a vital role in realizing the dream of an independent Bangladesh,” Modi said. .
Wearing a ‘Mujib jacket’ as a tribute to the Father of the Nation, Modi said Bangabandhu’s leadership and courage had ensured that no power could enslave Bangladesh.
“This is one of the most memorable days of my life. I am grateful that Bangladesh has included me in this event. I am grateful that I have invited India to participate in this event. It is a matter of our pride that we have the opportunity to honor Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the Gandhi Peace Prize.” Said.
Earlier this week, Bangabandhu was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize. For the first time, this award was given posthumously.
At the beginning of the program, Modi presented the Gandhi Peace Prize to Bangabandhu’s daughter – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana.