University hosts special lecture on Bangladesh’s ‘father of nation’

Azlan Othman

A special lecture on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first president of Bangladesh was organised by the High Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Brunei Darussalam at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) yesterday,

High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona, High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar and other members of the Diplomatic Corps were present.

Also present were Assistant Vice Chancellor (Industry and Services) of UTB Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Mohd Talib; UTB principal officers; academics and students of the university; and Bangladesh and Indian community members.

The keynote speech ‘50 years of India-Bangladesh relations’ was delivered by the Indian High Commissioner, where he gave the historical perspective of India-Bangladesh relations. He spoke on the “unshkable friendship between the two neighbouring nations”, current dynamics and other potential factors influencing bilateral ties.

He also spoke on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, calling him a great leader with “qualities of head and heart for the emancipation” of Bangladesh from “shackles of economic and political subjugation and depredation”.

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi High Commissioner acknowledged the significance of Bangladesh-India ties, particularly India’s contribution and role during its 1971 liberation war.

She noted the recent visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Bangladesh on the eve of the 50 years of independence of Bangladesh and the ongoing celebration of Bangabandhu. She also expressed her profound gratitude to UTB for supporting the event and the long-standing academic relationship with the university.

ABOVE & BELOW: High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar gives a lecture; and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona with audience members. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN