Dhaka: The 68th Republic Day of India was celebrated with much fervour in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka and various programmes were organised to mark the day. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsha Vardhan Shringla inaugurated the programmes to celebrate the country’s 68th Republic Day on High Commission premises on Thursday morning.
Shringla inaugurated the programme by hoisting the national flag of India at 9:00 am. Later, he read out the message of the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee also.
Children also performed in different dance programmes. The Indian Army band group presented a special performance towards the last part of the cultural programme.
During his speech, he said the day is very important for all the Indians because on this day in 1950, India emerged as a people’s Republic. The Constitution of India also came into force on January 26 in 1950 replacing the Government of India Act-1935 as the governing document of India.
He said, progressive democracy is prevailing in India and Bangladesh. Both the countries believe in constitution, liberal democracy, diverse culture and freedom of speech. We are also independent in our position and we are moving at the same pace in contributing to the global economic growth. The high commissioner also said that we are looking at our young generation to take the country forward.
After the inauguration, the high commissioner said that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s India tour has not been delayed, rather no date has been fixed yet. He added, “First we have to fix a date for the tour with the approval of both the countries.”