Today (October 14, 2022), a youth delegation from Bangladesh visited Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet with Smt. Droupadi Murmu, the President of India .
The President told the delegation’s participants that they are all Bangladesh’s future leaders. They are the guardians of both Bangladesh’s future and the special bond between India and Bangladesh. She expressed certainty that they will contribute significantly to enhancing the ties between the two nations in the years to come.
The President said that this visit is important as it continues the momentum from the last year’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Bangladesh, the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh, and the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is as much respected and remembered in India as in Bangladesh.
The President said that India is proud to be a friend and partner in the Liberation War of Bangladesh and continues to share the development journey with Bangladesh. It is important for us to preserve this spirit, which continues to inspire the deep friendship between our two countries and our people. She said that the liberation of Bangladesh and its rise and prosperity is an inspiring story for the world community. The youth of Bangladesh have a past that is full of glory and a future that is full of promises.
The President said that Bangladesh occupies a very special place in the hearts and minds of every Indian. Our countries share deep civilizational links. We share many things between us including art, music and literature. She said that India has always attached the highest priority to its friendship with Bangladesh and we remain committed to realizing its full potential. Our deep cooperation shows the importance that both countries attach to this relationship. She recalled her recent meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Delhi and in London.
The President stated that both India and Bangladesh have a young population. More than half of India’s population consists of young people and Bangladesh’s demography is similar to ours, with a large youth population. She said that as innovators, creators, builders, and leaders of the future, the youth of both countries need to engage in cutting-edge areas such as green energy, start-ups, and technology-enabled services in finance, health, and education.
The President noted that while there is already a lot of people-to-people contact between India and Bangladesh, we need to do much more. In this regard, the youth of both countries can play a leading role. She expressed hope that the members of the delegation will use this opportunity to gain insights and experiences on various aspects of India, our diversity, and the developments in areas pertaining to science, technology, arts, etc. She said that just as the youth of Bangladesh work hard to build the Sonar Bangla, they should also work with the same passion and sincerity to usher in a golden era of peace, prosperity, and friendship among the people of India and Bangladesh.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Ministry of External Affairs jointly launched the Bangladesh Youth Delegation program in 2012. This youth program’s major goal is to promote young interchange of ideas and understanding of values and culture while also fostering goodwill and understanding of other nations.