Eastern Times, New Delhi: Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Monday inaugurated the Bangabandhu Media Centre at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Mahmud said, this initiative will strengthen the Indo-Bangladesh relationship. He said, bilateral relations between both the countries have touched new heights under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Remembering the contribution of Bangabandhu, Dr. Mahmud said, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman sacrificed his life for the freedom and the people of Bangladesh.
He thanked India for playing a critical role in the liberation efforts of Bangladesh saying that it had not been possible to liberate Bangladesh without the help of India.As part of the celebrations for 50 years of India-Bangladesh relations, 50 years of Bangladesh and 100 years of the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Monday inaugurated the Bangabandhu Media Centre at the Press Club of India in New Delhi.
The minister spoke on how, “journalists in India, Bangladesh and across the world had played a significant role in telling the world what was happening in Bangladesh – the war of Independence, the first government formation after breaking away from Pakistan and the building of a nation.”
Mahmud also said, the initiative of creating a media centre at the Press Club of India will be followed up by other such centres of exchange in different cities in India and they will strengthen the Indo-Bangladesh relationship.
High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, Muhammad Imran said, this is the 50th year of diplomatic relation between India and Bangladesh. “Indian media played a crucial role in Bangladesh’ liberation struggle and promoted India-Bangladesh relations,” he said adding, the media centre will be equipped with modern facilities. It will have an exhibition hall and library on the first floor of the Press Club of India.
On behalf of the external affairs ministry in Delhi, Joint secretary Smita Pant said, “even sky is not the limit when it comes bilateral relations with Bangladesh,” and that India’s 75 years of Independence has created a new bonhomie, while speaking on the occasion.
She said two of India’s policies have converged when it comes to relations with Dhaka Sonali Adhyay (Golden Chapter) and the Act East Policy. Farida Yasmin and president of the Dhaka National Press Club, which played a crucial role in Bangladesh liberation war and the language movement that started the rebellion against Pakistan, talked about establishing special relations between journalists in the two countries.