Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the delivery centenary of ”Bangabandhu” Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and mentioned 1971 was a transformative yr for each the international locations.
Recalling the function Indira Gandhi performed within the liberation of Bangladesh, she mentioned the bond between the individuals of the 2 international locations was in giant measure because of the contribution of the late Indian prime minister.
In her video message to each Ms Hasina and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, Sonia Gandhi additionally mentioned that the 2 international locations face a number of challenges on the financial, political and environmental fronts however most of all of the problem of preserving “liberal pluralism”.
“Most of all both Bangladesh and India, which have been beacons for the celebration of diversities, are being called upon to protect and strengthen their composite heritage and their glorious traditions of liberal pluralism,” she mentioned.
Congratulating the individuals of Bangladesh on the golden jubilee of the nation’s independence, she mentioned, “50 years ago, the courageous people of Bangladesh scripted a whole new destiny for themselves transforming both the history and the geography of the subcontinent.”
Sonia Gandhi mentioned over the previous 5 many years, Bangladesh’s outstanding achievements in social growth, neighborhood participation, financial progress, and different areas have been very spectacular and have obtained world recognition.
“We in India have always had a special relationship with the people of Bangladesh. This has been in very large measure because of the role Indira Gandhi played in the historic events of 1971 and the deep bonds of mutual respect, admiration and deep friendship that Bangabandhu and she established,” she mentioned.
“1971 was as much a transformative year for India as it was for Bangladesh. A year that saw Indira Gandhi in all her magnificence as a political leader and statesman. Soon thereafter, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman himself emerged on the world stage as the leader of his people,” she famous.
Sonia Gandhi additionally recalled how she and her husband Rajiv Gandhi had been current in Delhi throughout the interval.
“On this joyous occasion and as someone who lived through the transformative hours, days, weeks and months of 1971 by Indira Gandhi’s side, in her home along with my husband Rajiv ji, I am personally delighted to share the pride of Sheikh Hasina and millions of her countrymen and women,” she mentioned.
The Congress chief was invited by Ms Hasina to take part within the golden jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence, however couldn’t go on account of COVID-19 restrictions and despatched a video message as a substitute.