India opens new cultural center in Dhaka

India on Thursday opened a new cultural center in Dhaka during the visit of External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar.

Inaugurating the center, Jaishankar said Dhaka is now one of the few cities in the world where India has two cultural centers within the same city.

“There is no better testimony to the importance of culture in the daily life of this remarkable country,” he said.

“Our shared cultural heritage and strength of our partnership in the cultural domain is the primary driver of the people-to-people element of our partnership,” he said, adding that culture and war of liberation are equally part of India, Bangladesh history.

The center styled ‘Indian Cultural Center’ is located at the old Indian house in Gulshan-2 where the High Commissioners used to live before.

The other cultural center – Indira Gandhi Cultural Center – is located at Dhanmondhi.

Jaishankar made a daylong tour as part of the preparations for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 26 and 27, marking 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence, birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of Bangladesh, India ties.

He met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, among others.