Bangladesh confers highest state honour on Indira
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Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011, 23:23
Dhaka: Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was on Monday honoured posthumously with Bangladesh's highest state award for her outstanding contribution to the country's 1971 'Liberation War'.

Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, the daughter -in-law of the assassinated prime minister, received the "Bangladesh Swadhinata Sanmanona" from President Zillur Rahman at a grand ceremony attended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and nearly 1,000 top dignitaries.

"By her (Indira Gandhi) political wisdom and vision, she influenced the course of history and the fate of generations," Rahman said while handing over the posthumous award.

"I recall with highest gratitude her strong support for the independence of Bangladesh... by honoring Srimati Indira Gandhi for her noble contribution for our freedom, we honor ourselves and revisit the epic of our war of liberation," he said.

The crest weighing three kilograms is designed on 400-year-old terracotta of a 'Kadam tree' made of gold.

Sonia, who arrived here yesterday on a 24-hour visit, said the award bestowed on the former Indian premier was an honour for India too.

"The honour is not hers (Indira Gandhi) alone, it's India's," Sonia said receiving the award. Indira Gandhi made crucial contribution to the independence of Bangladesh. She traveled across the world to mobilise support for the people of East Pakistan, which later became Bangladesh, amid a massive crackdown on civilians by the Pakistan Army.


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 23:23

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