New Delhi: Bangabandhu Media Centre was inaugurated on Monday in the Press Club of India, New Delhi.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting of the Government of Bangladesh Dr. Hasan Mahmud formally inaugurated the Bangabandhu Media Centre and unveiled a portrait of Bangabandhu sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the Press Club of India.
A documentary on the life of Bangabandhu was screened in the inauguration program.
The Press Club of India was established in 1958 in New Delhi as a Centre of the fraternity of the journalist community of whole India more than 4 thousands members represented from various news papers media and other news agencies.
Presided over by Umakant Lakhera, President of Press Club of India, the event was attended by High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Muhammad Imran, President of National Press Club of Bangladesh Ms. Farida Yeasmeen, General Secretary of Press Club of India Vinay Kumar, former president Gautam Lahiri, Smita Pant, Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Myanmar Division), Ministry of External Affairs of Government of India, eminent journalists of press club of India, officials of Bangladesh High Commission, India and media personalities from both India and Bangladesh were present in the programme.
Speaking at the inaugural programme, Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud depicted the short life sketch of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman guided Bangladesh to the path of Liberation and the country would not have been born if Bangabandhu were not born, he mentioned.
Hasan Mahmud also expressed his special thanks and gratitude for the contribution of India to the independence of Bangladesh. He mentioned the role of journalists and media is very important for enhancing the bilateral relationship of India and Bangladesh.
He lauded the role of Indian media, which played a vital role in the War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 and recalled that two Indian journalists received martyrdom apart from Indian troops and people.
The Bangladesh Minister said that he heard that Sir Redcliff prepared the map of dividing the Indian sub-continent sitting in the land of Press Club of India.
“But the establishment of Bangabandhu Media Centre in the Press Club of India cement the friendship and cultural bondage between Bangladesh and India,” he added.
He urged the media of the two countries to continue their contribution in further strengthening the ties between Bangladesh and India. “If journalists want, they can change the mindset of bureaucracy and the politicians too.”
Speaking on the occasion Smita Pant said the government of India and Bangladesh will celebrate December 6 in a grand way to commemorate India’s recognition to Independent Bangladesh. India formally recognized Bangladesh 10 days ahead of final victory of Liberation War.
Smita said she will convey the proposals made by the Presidents of Bangladesh and Indian Press Club Farida Yeasmin and Umakant Lakhera regarding strengthening cooperation between the journalists of the two countries to the concerned government authorities.
Farida Yeasmin in her speech said Bangabandhu while in his life in Kolkata regularly contributed his articles in four leading newspapers. Later, he established The Daily Ittefaq in Bangladesh.
“We will never forget the sacrifice of Indian troops in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 and sheltering of one crore people of Bangladesh who took refuge in India,” Farida said and hoped that the bilateral ties between the two countries will continue to grow in the days to come.
Farida hoped that the Teesta river water sharing agreement will be signed between the two countries soon and urged the mediaof the two countries to play a positive and important role to this respect.
She further mentioned that the High Commission of India to Bangladesh has supported for renovation of Bangladesh Press Club.
Umakant Lakhera elaborated the significance of establishing Bangabandhu Media Centre and expressed the hope that this centre will greatly work in confidence building between the countries.
Earlier, Dr. Hasan Mahmud started his day by paying tribute to the memorials of Mahatama Gandhi, the Father of the Nation of India at Rajghat of New Delhi.