India-Bangladesh to hold virtual summit

Published: September 30, 2020

On September 30, 2020, India and Bangladesh will hold 6th round of Joint Consultative Commission meet. The summit is to be held between the Prime Ministers of both the countries.

Highlights

The announcement about the summit was made by the External Affairs Minister S Jai Shankar. Along with this, he also made the following announcements

  • On December 16, 2020, India will release a commemorative stamp on the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. This is being done to appreciate the gesture of Bangladeshi Government to release a commemorative stamp on Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of 150th year of his birth anniversary.
  • A Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Museum is to be established to commemorate 150 years of Mahatma and celebrate Mujib Barsho.

About the meet

The leaders will mainly discuss on the early return to normalcy in trade and travel between the countries that is now affected by COVID-19. The meeting will also discuss concerns of economic and commercial issues of both sides.

What is Mujib Barsho?

Both India and Bangladesh are celebrating 2020 as “Mujib Barsho” in the memory of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh. Mujib Barsho means Mujib Year. This is being done as 2020 is the centennial birth anniversary of the leader. The United Nations has also joined the countries in their celebrations. This decision was taken during the 40th General Assembly of UNESCO.

Mujbur Rahman

He was a Bangladeshi politician and has been considered as the driving force behind the independence of Bangladesh. He is popularly known as “Bangabandhu” by the people of Bangladesh. The current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of the leader.

He has an important role for the East Pakistan to gain political autonomy. In 1975, a group of army officers invaded his residence and killed Mujib and his family. Only his two daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana escaped.

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