Sampriti Bangladesh, a citizens’ platform promoting secularism, has thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his video message at the inaugural ceremony of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Convener Pijush Bandyopadhyay and Member Secretary Prof Mamun Al Mahtab Shwapnil of the organisation in a statement also hoped that the friendly and supportive relations between the countries under the ‘able and visionary’ leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Modi would set unique example in the world.
Modi termed Bangabandhu one of the greatest personalities of the last century and said he was “a champion of justice, equality and dignity”.
He said: “Life of Bangabandhu gives a great message to the world of 21st Century.”
“His entire life is a tremendous inspiration for all of us Bangabandhu means-a leader of courage; a man of conviction; a sage of peace; a champion of justice; equality and dignity; a hand of defiance against brutality, and, a shield against coercion.
“These qualities of him (Bangabandhu) gave a new energy to lakhs of youth in those times, to face all the challenges for liberation of Bangladesh.”
He greeted all from the 130 crore Indian ‘brothers and sisters’ to entire Bangladesh, on the auspicious occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu.
“Sheikh Hasina Ji had personally invited me to be part of this historic occasion. However, it could not be possible due to Coronavirus,” Modi said.
“Later, Sheikh HasinaJi herself suggested an option and I am connecting with you through a video link,” he said.
“Next year will be 50 years of Bangladesh’s liberation and year 2022 will be the 75th anniversary of India’s independence,” the Indian Prime Minister said.
“I am confident that both these milestones will not only take development of India and Bangladesh to a new height, but will also strengthen the bond of friendship between the two countries.”