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Freedom struggle of Bangladesh was a significant moment in my journey too: PM Modi

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Soon after his arrival on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial, the National monument of Bangladesh, to pay tributes to the valour and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka and was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.

Prime Minister also planted a sapling of Arjun tree at the memorial premises and signed the visitor’s book in the monument. He wrote – “I pray that the eternal flame at Savar remains a lasting reminder of the noble victory of truth and courage over deceit and oppression.”

PM Modi met Opposition leaders in Bangladesh

PM Modi also met and interacted with opposition leaders from various political parties of Bangladesh. The engagement involved discussions on a wide gamut of issues pertaining to the two countries’ bilateral relations.

He also met political leaders from 14 Party Alliance along with the convener.

Reason behind visit

PM Modi arrived in Dhaka for his visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This is a historic visit to celebrate Mujib Borsho—the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Bangladesh; and 50 years of Bangladesh’s war of liberation.

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In a special gesture, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Ministers from her cabinet welcomed Prime Minister Modi at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. A salute of 19 guns and a guard of honour were accorded to PM Modi.

What PM Modi said

PM Modi attended Bangladesh’s National Day ceremony with his counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, at the National Parade Ground in Dhaka. He congratulated the country on Friday for its 50th year of Independence and said one of the first protests of his political career was for the freedom of the neighbouring nation.

“The freedom struggle of Bangladesh was a significant moment in my journey too… My colleagues and I had done a satyagraha in India… I was in my early twenties. I even had the opportunity to go to jail during this satyagraha for Bangladesh’s struggle for freedom,” he said.

“We will never ever forget the sacrifice the soldiers of this great nation have made and also those by Indians who stood beside the soldiers of Bangladesh… we have not forgotten their bravery and courage…. we will never forget it,” he said.

 

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