PM Modi to not present Visva-Bharati Awards, Mamata Banerjee 'shocked'

25 May, 2018, 21:14 | Author: Misty Newman
  • PM Narendra Modi

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Benarjee also addressed the programme. "He used to say that we should know about other cultures but should not forget our national identity", added Modi, who was attending his first convocation since coming to power in 2014. He said the Bangladesh Bhavan was a symbol of India's ties with Bangladesh. "India and Bangladesh are two separate countries, but our interests are connected". It will also be 10 years since the Prime Minister, who holds the chair of chancellor, will be present to award degrees.

India has strongly opposed the entry of Rohingya in the country for security reasons.

As per the day's itinerary, the convocation ceremony will be followed by the "informal summit" at 1 pm, after which the two PMs will inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhawan.

Following unruly scenes over lack of drinking water at the Visva Bharati premises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday apologised to the students in his speech during the 49th convocation.

Visva Bharati is the only central university with the prime minister as its chancellor. The Bhaban has been built with funds from the Bangladesh government.

When asked about Teesta, she said, "I don't think the issue will be discussed,". "Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship is often considered as a 'model of bilateral relations" for the rest of the world, ' she said.

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From the NSCBI Airport, Sheikh Hasina will depart for Visva Bharati, Santiniketan by a helicopter. After the meeting, she will depart Santiniketan for Kolkata by a helicopter.

Hasina said her association with the works of Rabindranath started under the guidance of her father.

" During my travels overseas I found people everywhere treat Rabindranath Tagore with so much respect".

"We struggled to uphold the spirit of Rabindranath in our heart. During our glorious Liberation War, Tagore Songs inspired us immensely and provided us with courage and strength", she said. Hence, he adopted, "Friendship to all, malice to none" as the Foreign Policy of Bangladesh. Since ancient times, the people of these two land have shared common historical, social, linguistic, cultural and emotional bonds.

She also recalled that then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi provided shelter to her and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana in India after the assassination of the Father of the Nation along with 18 of his family members in 1975. People of Bangladesh would never forget those supreme sacrifices'.



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