POST TIME: 9 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Dhaka, Delhi fight common enemy, says Shringla

Dhaka, Delhi fight common enemy, says Shringla

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said Bangladesh and India share the historical legacy of fighting and winning the Liberation War together in 1971 where in armies from both the nations fought and defeated a common enemy, reports UNB. "We recognise and honour the contributions and sacrifices of the Muktijoddhas (freedom fighters)," he said while addressing Muktijoddha Scholarship cheque distribution ceremony at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College.

The High Commissioner said freedom fighters have been their lasting friends and they appreciate the role freedom fighters play in keeping the Liberation War spirit alive.

"These are eternal bonds, permanently cemented by the blood and sacrifices of our martyrs. I pay my tributes to the martyrs of both countries who have laid down their lives during the independence struggle," Shringla said. He said the recipients of the scholarship scheme are the future of Bangladesh. "You should be very proud to have been born in the family of Muktijoddhas and have inherited their legacy."

He said it is a unique honour but carries with itself the onus of carrying forward their legacy and spirit into the future. "I'm also sure you all will evolve to be the goodwill ambassadors between the future generations of both the countries."

Mayor-elect, Barishal City Corporation Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, Sector Commander (Sector 9 during Liberation War) Captain Mahfuz Alam Beg, Chairman, Muktijoddha Academy Trust Dr Abul Azad, Members of Parliament, senior freedom fighters were present.

The High Commissioner said Bangladesh and India share a common heritage, cultural linkage and have shed blood together on the battlefield.

The Muktijoddha scholarship scheme is one such initiative launched in 2006. Under the scheme, over 12,621 students have already been awarded scholarship and an amount of Tk 21 crore has been utilised.

Some 120 students of Barishal division were handed over scholarship cheques.