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PM Hands Over Gandhi Peace Prize For Sheikh Mujibur Rahman To His Daughter

PM Hands Over Gandhi Peace Prize For Sheikh Mujibur Rahman To His Daughter

Dhaka: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday handed over the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020, being conferred by India upon Bangladesh’s “Father of the Nation” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to his daughter Sheikh Rehana who is also the younger sister of premier Sheikh Hasina.

PM Modi arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the country’s independence, the birth centenary of “Bangabandhu” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

Speaking at the 50th National Day programme of Bangladesh at the National Parade Square, PM Modi said it was an honour for India to confer the Gandhi Peace Prize on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

PM Modi, wearing a “Mujib Jacket” as a tribute to Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation, said that Bangabandhu’s leadership and bravery had ensured that no power enslaved Bangladesh.

“This is one of the most memorable days of my life. I am grateful that Bangladesh has included me in this event. I am grateful that Bangladesh has invited India to take part in this function. It is a matter of our pride that we got the opportunity to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Gandhi Peace Prize,” said PM Modi.

He handed over the award, a citation, a plaque and a shawl to Sheikh Rehana in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Ms Hasina in her address thanked Prime Minister Modi and the Government of India for bestowing the prestigious honour on her father.

The Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted by the government of India since 1995, the 125th birth anniversary commemoration year of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 was conferred on Bangabandhu early this week. It was for the first time that the award was given posthumously.

PM Modi earlier said Bangabandhu was a champion of human rights and freedom, and a hero to Indians as well.

The award carries an amount of ₹ 1 crore, a citation, plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was imprisoned in Pakistan when Bangladesh was born. Pakistan was forced to set him free on January 8, 1972.

He returned to Dhaka on January 10, 1972 and later took over as Prime Minister of Bangladesh but was assassinated by military officers during a coup d’etat on August 15, 1975.

His wife, brother, sons and daughters-in-law were also assassinated along with him. Ms Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived as they were in Europe.

News Source: NDTV

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