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Entente cordiale with Bhutan

Entente cordiale 
with Bhutan

The visit of Bhutanese Prime Minister, Dr. Lotay Tshering, generated a special interest in Bangladesh for several reasons. Firstly, Bhutan was the first country to recognise Bangladesh on 6 December, 1971, and secondly, because the visiting prime minister has spent a formative part of his younger days in Bangladesh. It will not be an exaggeration to state that in recent times, no other visit by a foreign dignitary caused such social interest.

There are of course reasons for such widespread excitement because Dr. Tshering was educated at the Mymensingh Medical College and even spent four years in Dhaka to pursue his FCPS in the 90s. Understandably, his link with Bangladesh is deep and the love he harbours towards Bangladesh became evident when he spoke in fluent Bangla in most of his official addresses. At the event to mark the first day of the Bangla New Year, the Bhutanese PM greeted the audience in Bangla and asked them about the quintessential Bengali dish ‘panta-ilish’ a Pahela Baishakh special.

Needless to say, the sight of a foreign premier speaking Bangla with command filled us with great joy and pride. The masses immediately took a liking for Dr. Tshering who called Bangladesh his second home. However, it’s his unselfish ideology about medical profession which struck a chord in a time when we find many in the medical profession giving precedence to profit rather than humane values. At the Mymensingh Medical College, while addressing students, he recalled his time spent there as a student in the early 90s and also underlined his professional ethics which puts service to society before all other considerations. Hearing such words of inspiration from a head of government from another state will work wonders for our future doctors. This trip of Dr. Tshering has also brought to the forefront the entente cordiale Bangladesh enjoys with Bhutan which will be taken to further heights with several agreements, including a hydropower deal involving India. Bhutan, known for its un-spoilt natural splendour, has very strict visa regulations for almost all countries except Bangladesh.

This is proof that Bhutan gives special importance to Bangladesh and her people. As far as country to country relation is concerned, Bhutan and Bangladesh already enjoy a firm bond, which will be cemented further with the declaration of the Bangladesh PM for increasing scholarships to Bhutanese students and promises of support through providing medical specialists. Dr. Tshering’s visit transcended diplomatic ties between two states, stirred emotion among the masses and showed that education in Bangladesh has produced not just a leader of another country but a doctor with unswerving values.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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