File photo tweeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to be the star attraction even among the strong field of regional leaders attending 10 days of celebration in Dhaka has said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's vision ‘continues to light’ the Bangladesh-India friendship.
Modi also revealed that the Indian government’s Gandhi Peace Prize for 2020 was being posthumously conferred on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"I had the privilege of honouring his memory during my previous Bangladesh visit," he tweeted on Monday, alongside a couple of images of him paying homage to the founder of Bangladesh at the museum dedicated to his memory in Dhanmandi Rd #32.
The celebrations in Dhaka are centred on the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, as well as the birth centennial of Bangabandhu.
Modi said he will again pay homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, alongside Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during the ongoing Mujib Borsho celebrations.
The Indian Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive here on March 26 on a two-day visit.
The Gandhi Peace Prize recognizes the immense and unparalleled contribution of Bangabandhu in inspiring the liberation of Bangladesh, bringing stability to a nation born out of strife, laying the foundation for the close and fraternal relations between India and Bangladesh, and promoting peace and non-violence in the Indian subcontinent.
Modi said that Bangabandhu was a champion of human rights and freedom, and ‘a hero to Indians as well’.
He also said that the legacy and inspiration of Bangabandhu have made the heritage of both countries more comprehensive and deep-rooted, and that the path shown by Bangabandhu has laid a strong foundation for the partnership, progress and prosperity of both countries over the last decade.
As Bangladesh celebrates Mujib Borsho, India said it is honoured to be commemorating his legacy jointly with the Government of Bangladesh and its people.
The Jury for Gandhi Peace Prize is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprises of two ex-officio members, namely the Chief Justice of India and Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha, according to Press Information Bureau of India.
The Jury was unanimous in selecting Bangabandhu as the recipient of this year’s prize, in recognition of his “outstanding contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods”.
Past recipients of the Gandhi Prize include luminaries like Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Dr. Julius Nyerere, Former President of Tanzania; German diplomat-turned-humanitarian Dr. Gerhard Fischer, the Ramakrishna Mission, Bangladesh’s very own Grameen Bank, and the Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, among others.