Tryst with history! Bhutan envoy’s recalls his meeting with Bangladesh’s father of nation

Tryst with history! Bhutan envoy’s recalls his meeting with Bangladesh’s father of nation

New Delhi: While history always reverberates in present and is in all men’s lives, present Bhutan’s envoy to India Maj. Gen. Vetsop Namgyel recalled a very interesting personal anecdote of his meeting with Bangladesh’s father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The meet happened when the envoy was aide de camp (personal assistant) during the then King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s Bangladesh visit in 1974.

He said, “After establishing diplomatic relations, My King, the father of the present King, was invited for a state visit in winter of 1974 and I was the aide de camp and I had the opportunity of accompanying him.”

Elaborating, “My King had several meetings with Bangabandhu.. I had the opportunity to meet him. Being with my King, I had the opportunity to meet him..he had a very impressive personality” and what also “struck me the love, affection, respect, and awe he was held”.

Lauding his “illustrious daughter” and present PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, the envoy said she has “fulfilled the vision of her father” and “Bangladesh has been doing very well under Sheikh Hasina”. Bangladesh, with its fast economic growth, has graduated from the least developed country (LDC) status to the developing one. The recommendation has been made by the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations.

He was speaking at the Bangladesh High commission which had organized an event to commemorate the 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The speech changed the course of history and was pivotal in galvanizing the struggle against the Pakistani army.

When the speech was being delivered, envoy Namgyel was doing his military officers training at Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun and was “very aware of what was happening in Bangladesh at that time”

News Source: DNA India

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