Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an event in Bangladesh, where he paid tribute to soldiers fought the country’s war for independence. He is in Bangladesh today and tomorrow to attend the celebration of that country’s 50th year of liberation from Pakistan and the centenary year of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, Premier Sheikh Hasina’s father. Here are the highlights of his address.
- This year, that marks the 50 years of the liberation and Independence of Bangladesh, as well as the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marks a significant milestone for both Bangladesh and India.
- I am also saluting and remembering the “mukhtijudhis” of Bangladesh… I also remember and pay homage to all those Indian soldiers who stood shoulder to shoulder with the “mukhtijudis” to ensure Bangladesh gets its freedom.
- 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.
- We will never ever forget the sacrifices 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.