‘Maitree Dibas’ was celebrated for the first time on Monday, marking the recognition of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country by India and Bhutan.
The two countries had recognised Bangladesh as an independent country on December 6, 10 days before Bangladesh was actually liberated, in 1971.
As a testimony to the unique foundations of the friendship and the remarkable journey of Bangladesh over the past 50 years, both countries celebrated the day not only in Delhi and Dhaka but also in 18 other cities worldwide.
In Dhaka, a reception and musical evening were hosted by the High Commission of India at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury attended the event as the chief guest while 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, were also present.
Bangladeshi nationals selected for India’s highest civilian honours in 2020 and 2021 were specially invited and felicitated in presence of the august gathering.