The Bangladeshi community in Thimphu observed the 44th Independence Day of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on March 26 in the capital.
The day was celebrated with the hoisting of the Bangladeshi national flag by the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan, Jishnu Roy Choudhury.
Ambassador Jishnu Roy Choudhury also read out the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh
Hasina’s address to the nation. The address served as a reminder of a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, and that the independence, earned through the sacrifice of millions of people, is the greatest achievement of the Bangalee nation.
“We are committed to reaching the fruits of our independence at each home. Our target is to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041,” read the address.
The Bangladeshi Ambassador to Bhutan also read out the President, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Md. Abdul Hamid’s address of Bangladeshis being people of democratic and peace loving nature. The address stated that Bangladesh
does not support violence including, militancy and terrorism. It also placed value on the functioning of the institution of democracy for the overall development of Bangladesh. “Continuous practice for democratic norms and values, maintaining tolerance and fortitude and showing mutual respect are the preconditions for thriving democracy. Therefore, we have to maintain patience, self-restraint, forbearance along with showing respect to other’s opinion in a democratic pluralism.”
The Zimpon Wom, Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon, Ugyen Sonam, presented a Tashi Khadar to the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan. Senior Bhutanese government officials also attended the celebration.