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Steer towards green, sustainable, peaceful world: Murmu tells BD youth

Special Correspondent Nation 2024-02-28, 12:34am


Steer towards green, sustainable, peaceful world: Murmu tells BD youth

Dhaka, Feb 27 - President of India Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday said relationship between Bangladesh and India is a relationship of the heart and soul. 

"India and Bangladesh share a unique bond, founded on their history, culture, and sacrifices," she said when a youth delegation from Bangladesh called on her at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Indian President said India is proud to have been a friend and partner in the Liberation War of Bangladesh, and continues to share the development journey with Bangladesh. 

"We must preserve and nurture this spirit, which inspires the unique bond between our two countries," said the Indian President. 

President Murmu said they have a deep cultural link, and a common love for art, music, cricket, and food. 

"Our national anthems, both penned by Tagore, are a source of pride. We share love for ‘Baul’ music and the works of Kazi Nazrul Islam. Our unity and diversity are celebrated in our shared heritage," she said.

The President said that India attaches the highest priority to its friendship with Bangladesh, and we are committed to realizing its full potential.

President Murmu was happy to note that India and Bangladesh are home to a large and energetic youth population, with unlimited potential to shape the world. 

She urged all to harness this potential. "As the leaders of tomorrow, it is the responsibility of youth to steer us towards a green, sustainable and peaceful world."

The President urged members of the youth delegation to use the opportunity to experience various aspects of India and its diversity, and the developments in the fields of science, technology, and arts. 

She said that as they work towards building a Sonar Bangla, they should also strive to strengthen the bonds of peace, prosperity, and friendship between India and Bangladesh.

Addressing the delegation members, the President said that she was happy to interact with a group of young and talented minds from Bangladesh. 

She noted that delegates have been selected from all over Bangladesh, and it is inclusive, with over 50 percent women, and participants from all walks of life. 

The Indian President said that their presence here is not just a visit; it is a bridge being built between two nations, and proof of the enduring spirit of cooperation and friendship that defines the India-Bangladesh relationship.

The Bangladesh Youth Delegation programme started in 2012 as a joint initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, according to the government of India. 

The main objective of this youth programme is to foster goodwill and understanding of each other’s countries, promote exchange of ideas and understanding of values and culture among the youth.-UNB