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First Maitri Diwas celebrated in Bangladesh

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 07, Dec 2021
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The first Maitri Diwas to mark the recognition of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign nation by India and Bhutan in 1971 was celebrated in Bangladesh on Monday, 6 December. 

A reception and musical evening was hosted by the High Commission of India in Dhaka on this occasion. Speaker of the Bangladesh parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was the Chief Guest of the event. Senior representatives from the Government of Bangladesh including Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Chief of the Army Staff, Secretaries to the Government, senior officials,leaders of business and industry, media, academia and civil society were present on the occasion. 

Bangladeshi nationals selected for India’s highest civilian Padma Awards, in the years 2020 and 2021, were specially invited and felicitated in presence of the august gathering.
Welcoming the guests on the occasion, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said that the Maitree Diwas is being celebrated in 18 major countries of the world apart from Delhi and Dhaka. He said India accords the highest priority to celebrate the 50th anniversary of liberation of Bangladesh. This is reflected in the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to mark December 6 as the Maitree Diwas. 

Speaking about the liberation of Bangladesh, the High Commissioner said that both the countries have made important achievements in the last decade and they now must ensure that future generations understand this history which will make this partnership irreversible.

The decision to mark December 6 as Maitree Diwas was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the State Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March this year.

Sources : News On Air