Bangladesh confers Award of Liberation War Honour on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

President Abdul Hamid handed over the Bangladesh Liberation War Honour to PM Modi at a glittering ceremony at the President's house, which was attended by Premier Sheikh Hasina and top officials.

By: Press Trust of India | Dhaka | Updated: June 7, 2015 5:07 pm
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Bangladesh on Sunday conferred its prestigious liberation war honour on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his “active role” in its independence struggle and consolidating friendship with India.

President Abdul Hamid handed over the Bangladesh Liberation War Honour to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a glittering ceremony at Bangabhaban, the President’s house, which was attended by Premier Sheikh Hasina and top officials.

“This day is a matter of great pride for all Indians that a great leader like Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being honoured. He dedicated his entire life to the service of the country and he fought for the rights of the common man and from a political point of view he was our inspiration for political workers like myself,” Modi said after receiving the award on behalf of 90-year-old Vajpayee who is unwell.

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He recalled the words of Vajpayee, who during a speech in Parliament on December 6, 1971, had said that the friendship between India and Bangladesh was like a bond which would not break under any pressure, and would never be the victim of any diplomacy.

Modi said that though he had entered politics quite late, he had been one of the many youth activists who had come to Delhi in response to Vajpayee’s call for Satyagraha for the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. He described himself as one of the crores of people who wanted this vision to be realised.

The Prime Minister, who is here on a two-day visit, said it would have been wonderful if Vajpayee had been present to receive this honour himself. He expressed hope that Vajpayee would soon become well, and guide everyone once again.

In her speech at the award ceremony, Prime Minister Hasina said Vajpayee’s activities had a “significant contribution” in the struggle for liberation of Bangladesh. She took the opportunity to describe Modi as “Vajpayee’s able successor and a great friend of Bangladesh as Vajpayee.”

Hasina also acknowledged India’s assistance in Bangladesh’s freedom struggle and recalled that “Indians had given shelter to people of Bangladesh” at that time. The citation of the Award hailed Vajpayee as a “highly respected political leader” and recognised his “active role” in support of the liberation war of Bangladesh.

It said that as President of Bharatiya Jana Sangh and a member of the Lok Sabha Vajpayee took various steps towards that end. It mentioned Vajpayee’s “firm stand at National and international levels for the cause of Bangladesh and its striving people”.

“The people of Bangladesh would always remember the significant contributions made by Atal Bihari Vajpayee towards supporting the cause of Bangladesh’s liberation war and consolidating friendship between Bangladesh and India,” it added.

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  1. D
    d jairath
    Jun 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm
    And Mrs hi ?
    1. K
      Jun 8, 2015 at 3:28 am
      What was his active role BTY? calling Indira hi Durga? It was Babu Jagjivan ram and army who had active role in reality. What did vajpayee do?
      1. L
        Jun 9, 2015 at 6:30 am
        Modi as usual did not have the decency to praise Indira hi who was solely responsible for the liberation of Bangladesh. Vajpayee praised Indira hi , quiet rightly. Vajpayee is a gentleman, that can not said about Modi , who told some hocus focus bogus story about himself taking part in some satyagrah which was of no consequence.
        1. Malreddy Reddy
          Jun 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm
          To my knowledge Mr. Vajpai then BJS M.P. did not had any active role in liberation of Bangla Desh , except praising Mrs. Indira hi, then prime minister as Joan of Arch aaand Durga(kaali)
          1. R
            Jun 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm
            Unfortunately, we had all been limiting our credits to Indira hi. Indira was the PM who fought the war boldly. The opposition at that time was constructive unlike the Congress (TMC -an offshoot of CONgress) and CPI of the day. I am convinced with the logic of the award to Atal Ji.
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