Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed the National Mourning Day on Thursday commemorating the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangalee of all time, was assassinated along with most members of his family at his Dhanmandi official residence in one of the history’s most gruesome tragedies.
Panelists at a discussion on “Bangabandhu: The Architect of Bangladesh-India Relation” said Bangabandhu laid a rock solid foundation of today’s excellent ties between Bangladesh and India - the two neighbours.
The panelists were Shakti Sinha, director of the Nehru Memorial Museum, writer Nandita Basu and journalist Vinay Kumar.
It was moderate by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press) at the mission.
Speaking at the function, High Commissioner Syed Muazzem recalled Bangabandhu’s farsightedness in building mutually beneficial relationship between Bangladesh and India.
He mentioned the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement, the need for maritime boundary demarcation and water sharing and management.
The day’s programme began with lowering national flag at half-mast by High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali on the chancery premises in the morning.
Messages from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were read out, followed by special prayers for Bangabandu and other martyred family members.
Flower petals were placed at a makeshift portrait of Bangabandhu.
A documentary on the life and political career of the great leader, titled "Bangabandhu: Forever in our hearts", was screened to wrap up the event.
The mission has published a special magazine edition called, Bangabandhu Forever, to mark the day.