Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed the National Mourning Day on Thursday commemorating the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Panelists at a discussion on “Bangabandhu: The Architect of Bangladesh-India Relation” on the occasion said Bangabandhu laid a rock solid foundation of today’s excellent ties between Bangladesh and India. The panelists were Shakti Sinha, Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum, writer Nandita Basu and journalist Vinay Kumar. It was moderated by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press) at the mission.
Speaking at the function, High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali recalled Bangabandhu’s farsightedness in building mutually beneficial relationship between Bangladesh and India and mentioned the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement, maritime boundary demarcation and water-sharing and management. The day’s programme began with lowering of the national flag to half mast by High Commissioner Muazzem Ali at the chancery premises in the morning. Messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were read out, followed by special prayers for Bangabandu and other martyred family members.
Flower petals were placed at a makeshift portrait of Bangabandhu. A documentary on the life and political career of the great leader, titled Bangabandhu: Forever in our hearts, was screened to wrap up the events.
The mission has published an special magazine edition called, Bangabandhu Forever, to mark the day.