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Dhaka, June 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an inspiration for many people. “An inspiration for so many people like me, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being honoured by Bangladesh,” Modi said in a speech ahead of accepting the Bangladesh Liberation War award on behalf of the former prime minister. (Read: Narendra Modi meets Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid) Also Read - India to Begin 23 Waterways by 2030: PM Modi During Maritime India Summit 2021

Bangladesh is conferring the award on Vajpayee for his contribution to the South Asian nation’s fight for liberation from Pakistan. “If Atalji’s health permitted and he was present here, this occasion would be very different,” Modi said. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah