Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das today described Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the founder of modern Bangladesh and one of the most influential and courageous leaders of the 20th century.
She made the remarks at a book gifting session as part of the 'Mujib Borsho' celebrations.
Books on Bangabandhu and the Liberation War -- written by acclaimed authors and historians -- have been gifted to 100 universities and colleges across Bangladesh, including those situated in Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet, among others.
The keynote speaker at the event was Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, the Deputy Minister for Education.
He spoke on Bangabandhu and his message for the post-liberation generation.
He thanked the High Commission for this notable initiative and reiterated the extraordinary strength of and warmth of relations that India and Bangladesh enjoy.
High Commissioner Riva expressed hope that through these books, young students would better appreciate and understand Bangabandhu and help realise his dream of 'Sonar Bangla'.
Reflecting back on Bangabandhu's rich legacy, the High Commissioner said that he also laid the foundations for India-Bangladesh relations.
Vice-chancellors of select universities who participated in the event were Prof Satya Prasad Majumder (BUET, Dhaka); Prof Dr Mohammed Fayek Uzzaman (Khulna University); Prof Dr Mohammed Rafiqul Alam (CUET, Chittagong); Farid Uddin Ahmed (Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet); Prof M Abdus Sobhan (Rajshahi University); and Prof Gautam Buddha Das (CVASU, Chittagong).