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Bangladesh minister remembers Tripura’s role in 1971 war

Bangladesh minister remembers Tripura’s role in 1971 war

Agartala, Sep 16 (UNI) Inaugurating three days long first Bangladesh film festival here last evening Information Minister of that country Dr Hasan Mahmud remembered India’s contribution in their liberation war and achieving independence in 1971.

He said three days film festival will screen as many as 20 best films produced on Bangladesh liberation war just to commemorate the glorious history and to remember the role of Indian government and especially the people of Tripura. The film festival organized by Information Ministry of Bangladesh would pave the way for further improvement of bi-lateral relation, he mentioned.

“Tripura’s population was around 15 lakh during Bangladesh liberation war but it sheltered 16 lakh Bangladeshi citizens in its soil. Not only Indian army, doctors, professionals and media, every family of Tripura this way or other contributed to the struggle, had launched by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman to liberate the eastern part from the clutch of Pakistan,” Mahmud said.

He pointed out that this is for the first time Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala has organised a film festival for the people of the state aiming to further strengthen the socio-cultural relationship among the people of two countries. The language, food, costumes and culture of Bangladesh and Tripura are common, which made the bond of two countries stronger.

Parisian of India had created a psychological barrier with the people of the then East Pakistan but it was broken in 1971 after Bangladesh got birth. The relation between India and Bangladesh is gone to a new height under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina; Dr Hasan stated adding that Bangladesh being a developing country wishes to see the good neighbourhood and positive development in the region.

“Bangladesh has allotted 1000 acre of land in Mirsharai economic zone near Chittagong seaport for Indian investors. We have allowed India to use Ashuganj and Mongla ports for a long time to strengthen people to people relation and trade between two countries especially with northeastern states. Tripura will soon be connected with railway network in Akhaura and road connectivity will be

established after opening of the bridge over River Feni,” he pointed out.

Bangladesh is desperately looking for sustainable economic development along with India, Nepal and Bhutan and also has been working together for regional growth. Nepal has the potential of 1,20,000 MW hydro-electricity while Bhutan is having the potential of 20,000 MW hydro-power. If this potential is tapped properly, the economy of the entire region will change, Hasan observed.

“We are buying power from Tripura’s Palatana gas-based thermal project for the past few years. It is not the only reason that Bangladesh has no other option but it is a gesture to our neighbour. There are many more steps both the countries have undertaken recently to strengthen the relationship of both the countries,” he mentioned.

However, Bangladesh wants more steps from India to make the closest people to people relation and

trade.

Mahmud maintained that concerted efforts by a quarter to break the secular ethos of his country were partly successful, but that could be restored. The relation between India and Bangladesh is healthy

and it is becoming healthier each day under Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina

“Bangladesh was liberated on the plank of secularism. People belonging to different religions like Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists had contributed to the liberation war, which we want to remind today once again. Bangladesh was founded as a secular nation but later in 1988, Islam became the country's state religion.

“Now, Bangladesh is much ahead compared to Pakistan in all development and economic indicators, though that country is much larger in terms of land area and population than us. But Bangladesh believes in the good neighbourhood beyond any other sentiment for inclusive growth of South Asian countries,” he added.

The 18 –Members’ team led by the ministers including cinema artists arrived here yesterday on three days visit to the state. The minister made a courtesy call to deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma who bereaved four days ago at his parental home and scheduled to meet the chief minister to discuss better connectivity and trade with Tripura.

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