Dhaka: Today the blood of those who fought for their freedom and the Indian soldiers is flowing together in Bangladesh. Our relationship will not break under any pressure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a special function here to mark the National Day of Bangladesh.
Text of Prime Minister’s speech: This affection of all of you is one of the precious moments in my life. I am glad that you also included me in this important phase of the development journey of Bangladesh. Today is the National Day of Bangladesh, and it is also the 50th anniversary of Shaadi-Nauta. This year is also completing 50 years of India-Bangladesh friendship. This year of the birth centenary of Jatir Peeta Bongaoboundu Sheikh Mujibur Rohman is further strengthening the relations between the two countries.
I express my gratitude to President Abdul Hamidji, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ji and the citizens of Bangladesh. In these glorious moments, you extended a warm invitation to India to participate in this festival. On behalf of all Indians, I extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you, all the citizens of Bangladesh. I pay my respectful tribute to Bongoboundu Sheikh Mujibur Rohman ji who sacrificed his life for Bangladesh and its people. It is a matter of pride for us Indians that we, Sheikh Mujibur Rohman ji got an opportunity to give Gandhi Peace Honor. I also applaud all the artists who have given a grand performance at this event right here.
Bondhugon (brothers), I am remembering today the millions of sons and daughters of Bangladesh who have endured countless atrocities for their country, their language, their culture, given their blood, and put their lives at stake. Today I am remembering the valiant spoldiers of the war of freedom. Today I remember martyr Dhirendronath Datto, educationist Rafikuddin Ahmed, language-martyr Salaam, Rafiq, Barkat, Jabbar and Shafiur ji!
Today I also salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army who stood with the brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in the War of Freedom. Those who gave their blood in this war, sacrificed themselves, and played a very big role in realizing the dream of independent Bangladesh. Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, General Arora, General Jacob, Lance Nayak Albert Ekka, Group Captain Chandan Singh, Captain Mohan Narayan Rao Samant, there are countless heroes whose stories of leadership and courage inspire us. The War Memorial has been dedicated in Ashugong by the Bangladesh government to commemorate these heroes.
I thank you for this. I am happy that many Indian soldiers involved in the war of freedom are present with me especially in this event. My brothers and sisters in Bangladesh, I would like to remind one more thing to the young generation here and would like to be reminded with great pride. Joining that struggle in the struggle for independence of Bangladesh was one of the first movements of my life. I must have been 20-22 years old when I and many of my colleagues had done Satyagraha for the freedom of the people of Bangladesh.
In support of Bangladesh’s independence, I had also given arrest and had the opportunity to go to jail. That is, the yearning for Bangladesh’s independence was as much as it was here. Here the pictures of the heinous crimes and atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army did not allow them to sleep for many days.
Gobindo Haldar ji said-
‘A Shagor Roktor Binimoye,
Bangla shadhinarota alen jara,
Amra Tomadar Bhulbo Na,
Amra Tomader Bhulbo Na ‘,
That is, those who liberated Bangladesh from the ocean of their blood, we will not forget them. We will not forget them. Bondhugon, an autocratic government, was massacring its own citizens.
His language, his voice, was crushing his identity. Operation cruelty, oppression and atrocity of Operation Search-light ‘has not been discussed in the world as much as it was supposed to be discussed. Bondhugon, amidst all this, was a ray of hope for the people and us Indians – Bangobandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rohman.
With the courage of Bongoboundu, his leadership had decided that no force could enslave Bangladesh.
Abairr Shongram Amader Muktir Shongram,
Abarer Shongram Shadhinotar Shongram.
This time the struggle is for liberation, this time the struggle is for freedom. Under his leadership, the common man, be it men or women, farmers, youth, teachers, workers all came together to become Muktwahini.
And so today is also a day to remember Mujib Borshe, Bongoboundu’s vision, his ideals, and his courage. It is time for “Chiro Bidrohi” to recollect the spirit of Muktijuddho. The freedom struggle of Bondhugon, Bangladesh was supported from every corner of India, from every party, from every section of society.
The efforts of the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi and their important role are well known. At the same time, on 6 December 1971, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji said- “We are not only fighting with those who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle, but we are also trying to give a new direction to history.” Today in Bangladesh, the blood of those fighting for their freedom and the Indian soldiers is flowing together.
This blood will build relationships that will not break under any pressure, which will not fall prey to any diplomacy. ” Our former President Pranab Mukherjee ji Pranab da had said that he called Bongoboundu a tireless (tireless) statesman. He had said that Sheikh Mujibur Rohman’s life is a symbol of patience, commitment and self-restraint.
Bondhugon, it is a happy coincidence that 50 years of independence of Bangladesh and 75 years of independence of India, have come together. For both of us, the next 25 in the 21st century