The first India-Bangladesh ‘Moitree Dibosh’ was celebrated on Monday (December 6) marking the recognition of an independent and sovereign Bangladesh by India and Bhutan, fifty years ago – ten days before Bangladesh was actually liberated.
The decision to mark December 06 as ‘Moitree Dibosh’ was taken by their Excellencies Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the State Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March this year.
In Dhaka, a reception and musical evening were hosted by High Commission of India at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Speaker of Jatiya Sangshad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary graced the occasion as Chief Guest with senior representatives from the Government of Bangladesh including cabinet ministers, members of parliament, the chief of the army staff, secretaries to the Government, senior officials, inspector general of police, leaders of business and industry, media, academia and civil society present.
Bangladeshi nationals selected for India’s highest civilian honours, in the years 2020 and 2021, were specially invited and felicitated in presence of the august gathering.
The celebrations culminated in a grand cultural performance by Gaan Bangla, under direction of Kaushik Hossain Taposh, Managing Director and CEO.
A video, produced by the Government of Bangladesh to showcase the history of the bilateral relationship from the 1971 Liberation War to the present-day Shonali Adhyay was also screened in Dhaka and at all other Moitree Dibosh events worldwide.
A crowd sourced logo and backdrop for the event, jointly selected by both countries through an open competition, was displayed in Dhaka as well as across the world.
This landmark celebration reaffirms the shared committed of both countries to further strengthen the uniquely-close friendship, founded on shared values, culture and ethos and based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.