New Delhi, Apr 8: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday honoured the kin of Indian soldiers who lost their life during the 1971 war. Honouring the kin of Indian soldiers at Sommanona Ceremony in Delhi, it is been reported that the Bangladesh Prime Minister presented the citation and Rs 5 lakh to each of the soldier’s family. PM Modi along with the Bangladesh PM also met the then Major Ashok Tara and his wife. Ashok Tara had then rescued Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family from imprisonment in 1971.
Speaking at the ceremony, PM Modi said that India is proud of the sacrifices made in the past adding that the 1971 war was fought for freedom and unity. PM further added that India has always tried to progress with all its neighbouring countries. Taking a dig at Pakistan, PM Modi without naming any country said that there is a country in South Asia that is responsible for the rise of terrorism adding that the value system of that country is based on terrorism and violence instead of humanity.
Praising Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, PM Modi said that, “the difficult condition which Sheikh Hasina had to face and the way in which she got Bangladesh out of the condition it was in is commendable… she still stands like a rock.”
It is been reported that the Bangladesh PM is later in the evening scheduled to meet and talk with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is considered to be the single obstacle to Teesta water-sharing pact. On Sunday, Hasina will be offering prayers at Ajmer before returning to Delhi for a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee. Before leaving for home on Monday, Hasina will address business leaders of the country to invest in Bangladesh and she will also be felicitated by a think tank, Indian Foundation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning broke the protocol and received the Bangladesh PM at the airport. In the delegation level talks held at the Hyderabad house on Saturday, the two leaders exchanged 4 agreements our of the 22 signed. PM Modi also announced a $5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh for military supplies.