Eid-ul-Azha reminds India, Bangladesh of ‘deep historic, cultural links’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his “warmest” Eid greetings to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and said the festival of Eid-ul-Azha, which is also celebrated in several parts of India, “reminds us of our deep historical and cultural links”.

 Modi also said India is available to support Bangladesh in the fight against the pandemic in any way as this year the celebration was marred by Covid-19.

“We hope that this festival will further enhance the spirit of peace and tolerance in our respective societies and promote fraternal ties between our two countries,” he wrote in a message on Friday, on the eve of the Muslims’ religious festival.

“As both our countries continue to deal with the COVID-19 situation, we appreciate the steps being taken in Bangladesh under your able leadership,” Modi said.

“I am confident that Bangladesh will tide over these challenging times,” he said, adding that, “We remain available to support your efforts in any way, including through capacity-building in the health sector.” 

“On this auspicious occasion, I wish you and all my Bangladeshi brothers and sisters’ good health and prosperity.”

Meanwhile, West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also extended her heartfelt greetings to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh on the auspicious occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.

In the letter, she wrote Eid-ul-Azha is a festival of sacrifice and it’s celebrated with due honour in India meaning West Bengal alongside Bangladesh. 

“We hope you (Sheikh Hasina) will pass the festival well,” Mamata said.

“We’re very close to each other, though West Bengal and Bangladesh are different geographically … the language and culture of both Banglas are the same. So, I’m writing a letter to share the joy of the festival,” the West Bengal CM added.

“I hope that our next-door neighbour Bangladesh will progress further under your (Sheikh Hasina’s) leadership … be well and sound,” she said.