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Dhaka, Jun 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial here and paid tributes to the valour and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Soon after his arrival here on a two-day visit, Modi drove to ‘Jatiyo Smriti Shoudho’ (National Martyrs’ Memorial) to pay homage to the thousands who laid down their lives fighting for freedom from Pakistan. Also Read - India to Begin 23 Waterways by 2030: PM Modi During Maritime India Summit 2021
Army bugle played the last post as Modi stood in solemn silence in front of the memorial for some time. As part of the military ritual, the Bangladesh flag was hoisted and lowered to the half mast as the Indian premier offered wreaths at the altar. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka and was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah
“Beginning the visit by paying homage to the martyrs of the Liberation War of 1971,” he tweeted. “Foundation Stone for Jatiyo Smriti Shoudho was laid by Bangabandhu himself. Design was chosen from various entries obtained in a competition,” Modi added in another tweet. (Also read: Narendra Modi in Bangladesh: PM Modi arrives in Dhaka, Sheikh Hasina receives him at airport)
He noted that the memorial consists of 7 distinct triangles indicating 7 stages of the national movement of Bangladesh that led to its Independence. “Memorial gives impression of rising from the ashes like a phoenix. It symbolises courage & determination of people,” the Indian Prime Minister said.
The monument is composed of seven isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest at 150 feet. There is an artificial lake and several mass graves in front of the main monument. Prime Minister also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum dedicated to the founder of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In this museum, one can see a collection of his personal things.
Earlier, on his arrival, Modi tweeted, “Hello Bangladesh. I bring with me the affection & goodwill of the people of India.” Modi arrived in Dhaka to a red carpet welcome on his maiden visit. Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received him at the airport.
The monument is composed of seven isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest at 150 feet. There is an artificial lake and several mass graves in front of the main monument. A number of senior Bangladesh ministers, including Finance Minister A M A Muhith, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed and Agriculture Minister Moti Choudhury accompanied Modi when he visited the memorial.
Earlier, on his arrival, Modi tweeted, “Hello Bangladesh. I bring with me the affection & goodwill of the people of India.” Modi arrived in Dhaka to a red carpet welcome on his maiden visit. Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received him at the airport. At the Bangabandhu museum, Modi took a round for about 20 minutes, seeing the personal belongings of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The three-storey building was originally the residence of Rahman from 1961 till his assassination in the early hours of August 15, 1975 and was later converted into a musuem. Rahmans eldest daughter Hasina is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. “After tributes to the Martyrs, paying respects to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum,” the PMO tweeted.
“I pay homage to the men, women and children who made the ultimate sacrifice for their motherland,” Modi wrote on the visitor’s book kept at the memorial. At the museum, Bangabandhu’s grandson Sheikh Rezwan Siddiqui and leaders of the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust welcomed him and escorted him to different parts of the house.