Gandhi Peace Prize on Bangabandhu

Bangladesh expresses gratitude to India

Diplomatic Correspondent

24 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has expressed ‘deep gratitude’ for the Gandhi Peace Award 2020 conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman posthumously.

“The Government of Bangladesh acknowledges with deep gratitude the decision of the Government of India to confer the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, posthumously for the first time,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka late Monday night.

“It is an honour for Bangladesh and its people for the Father of the Nation to be bestowed with this prestigious award.”

The honour assumes special significance on the 50th year of Bangladesh’s independence when the country is on the verge of becoming a developing country, through political, economic and social transformation, the foundations of which were laid by Bangabandhu, reads the statement.

The award is also a ‘befitting tribute to the ever-deepening’ Bangladesh-India relations in a year when both countries are jointly celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence, 50 years of diplomatic relations and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.

As Bangladesh commemorates the legacy of Bangabandhu on his 100th birth anniversary, the award comes as a recognition of the life long struggle of this enduring leader to ensure the freedom, rights, aspirations and emancipation of his people and towards building a world free from hunger, poverty and exploitation.

On the occasion, the people of Bangladesh pay homage to the two great leaders Bapuji and Bangabandhu, whose values and ideals remain even more relevant today for building a world of peace, free from oppression, injustice and deprivation, reads the MoFA statement.

Earlier on Monday, the government of India awarded the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 to Bangabandhu.

The announcement comes days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Dhaka on March 26-27 to attend the triple celebrations -- ‘Mujib Barsho’ marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and India.

Tweeting about it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Monday, “Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 has been conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, one of the greatest leaders of our subcontinent. Year 2020 marked the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. He remains an icon of indomitable courage and tireless struggle for his millions of admirers.”

Prime Minister Modi added, “Bangabandhu's vision continues to light the India-Bangladesh friendship. I had the privilege of honouring his memory during my previous Bangladesh visit and will again pay homage to him, alongside PM Hasina, during the #MujibBorsho celebrations.”