New Delhi: India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu today said that information dissemination is critical to counter terrorism which is a common issue plaguing both India and Bangladesh.
Timely and correct dissemination of information will prevent rumors and falsehood, while at the same time, build the spirit of cooperation and understanding between people. This was underscored by Naidu during his discussions with the Minister of Information from People’s Republic of Bangladesh Hasanul Haq Inu and his delegation.
The I&B Minister conveyed to his Bangladesh counterpart that All India Radio (AIR) would be launching “Akashvani Maitree”, an exclusive service for Bangladesh and Bengali diaspora on 23 August 2016. President of India Pranab Mukherjee would be launching the channel which would act as a bridge of amity between the two countries. Naidu further mentioned that the relationship between the two countries would strive to promote the commonality of heritage and culture.
During the discussions, both India and Bangladesh agreed to cooperate on a range of issues. Both Ministers agreed to collaborate to jointly produce a documentary on the 1971 War of Independence of Bangladesh. Naidu stated that the archival material available with Films Division,Doordarshan and other media units would be optimally utilized for producing the documentary. The proposed documentary would commemorate the 50th year of Bangladesh Independence in 2021. Naidu also agreed to Hasanul Haq Inu’s proposal to facilitate the production of a Mega Movie by Bangladesh to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020.
Both sides also agreed to jointly workout the proposal for a joint AV co-production agreement between the two countries. It was also agreed to organize Film Festival of India in Bangladesh and a Bangladesh Film Festival in India. The Bangladesh Minister also agreed to Naidu’s request to provide the celluloid version of the film Devdas directed by Pramatesh Barua, the Bengali version produced in 1935. Bangladesh had earlier provided the DVD version of the film to NFAI. Regarding the facilitation of Free Film Trade between the two countries, Naidu mentioned that Bangladesh could consider to relax the legal provisions which restricted the number of Indian films being screened in that country. The easing of restrictions would have a positive impact on the local film industry. The Minister also offered to train the young film makers and entrepreneurs from Bangladesh at the Indian Film and Training Institute. He also mentioned that collaborative measures would be initiated between NFDC and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation to promote joint production of films and also between NFAI and Bangladesh Film Archives for digitization and archiving.
Both the Ministers during their deliberations also agreed to promote capacity building and training workshops for media persons, exchange program for officers associated with Information and Broadcasting and exchange of programs between Doordarshan and the national Bangladesh TV.