On Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina- inaugurated the Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan on .Bangladesh Bhavan showcases the close ties between India and Bangladesh, and has a museum which highlights ties between the two countries, the Liberation War of 1971 and Rabindranath Tagore’s close ties with Bangladesh. “India and Bangladesh are two separate countries, but our interests are connected. Be it culture or public policy, we learn a lot from each other. One such example is Bangladesh Bhavan,” PM Modi said here. “We are constantly working on helping students here and elsewhere in the country. You all have the blessings of Gurudev.”
Built at a cost of Rs 25 crores, Bangladesh Bhavan is being regarded as symbolic of warm ties between India and Bangladesh. In November of last year, a friendship train – Bandhan Express was flagged off by PM Modi and Hasina via video conference and have also worked on sorting out niggling border disputes.
Earlier Modi Speaking at the convocation ceremony of the Visva Bharati University in invoked ‘Gurudev’ Rabindranath Tagore on several occasions and assured the students that his government is committed to address their needs. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other dignitaries were also present during the occasion.
PM began his speech in Bengali before shifting to Hindi, quoted from Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ and that students would get all help from the government. “Gurudev said that walk alone if nobody responds to your call. However, I would like to tell you that if you take one step, the government would take four to work towards a better India,” Modi said triggering a huge applause from the crowd mostly comprising of students and teachers.