On his first foreign visit to Bangladesh after covid-19, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended an invitation to 50 entrepreneurs from Bangladesh to visit India to join the country’s start-up ecosystem.
“On completion of 50 years of relationship between India and Bangladesh, I would like to invite 50 entrepreneurs of Bangladesh to visit India and join our start-up and innovation ecosystem and meet our venture capitalists. We will also be able to learn something from them and they will also get an opportunity to learn something from us,” Modi said during an event celebrating 50 years of Bangladesh’s liberation.
Modi who is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh also announced the ‘Swarna Jayanti’ scholarship for the youth of Bangladesh.
The Swarna Jayanti Fellowship is a research fellowship awarded annually by the Department of Science and Technology of India. It is given for the notable and outstanding research by young scientists, applied or fundamental, in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and physics.
During his address, Modi also called it a “happy coincidence” that the 50 years of independence of Bangladesh and 75 years of independence of India have come together.
“For both of us, the journey of the next 25 years in the 21st century is very important. Our heritage and development is shared,” he stated.
“I would like to remind brothers and sisters in Bangladesh with pride, being involved in the struggle for independence of Bangladesh was one of first movements of my life. I must have been 20 to 22 years old when I and my colleagues did Satyagraha for Bangladesh’s freedom,” the Prime Minister said.
He further said that both India and Bangladesh have similar opportunities in the fields of trade and commerce, but at the same time, both countries are facing threats of terrorism.
He said that the ideas and powers behind such types of inhumane acts are still active. “India and Bangladesh must remain vigilant and united to counter such forces,” he said.
“Today, the governments of both India and Bangladesh are realizing this sensitivity and making meaningful efforts in this direction. We have shown that mutual trust and cooperation can lead to every solution. Our Land Boundary Agreement is also a witness to this,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also paid homage to the brave soldiers of the Indian Army “who stood with brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in ‘Muktijuddho’. “Today I also salute the brave soldiers of Indian Army who stood with brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in ‘Muktijuddho’. I am happy that many Indian soldiers who participated in the Bangladesh Liberation War are present at this event today.”