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BD no longer fears external forces, says former Indian Minister MJ Akbar

Published : Monday, 18 December, 2023 at 12:00 AM  Count : 189

Indias former State Minister for Foreign Affairs MJ Akbar said on Sunday that Bangladesh is not in a position to fear external forces any more. "It doesn work."

"Bangladesh is no longer a fearful country. It is not right to think that Bangladesh will be afraid if you show fear," he said while replying to a question on superpowers threat to impose sanctions if the elections are not held free and fair.

"You should take your own side. Bangladesh should take the side of Bangladesh," he said, while replying to a question on India, China rivalry and which side Bangladesh should take, after delivering a speech at a seminar at the Foreign Service Academy.

 "Freedom was not handed to Bangladesh, but Bangladesh earned it. Now Bangladesh is marching on the road to a trillion-dollar economy with inclusive growth. This is why people elect her (Sheikh Hasina) again and again," Indias former State Minister for Foreign Affairs said.

Akbar was delivering a keynote speech at a discussion, titled "Bangladeshs achievements in 52 years and its place in the region and beyond in the coming decades", at Foreign Service Academy. Indias former State Minister for Foreign Affairs MJ Akbar said that Bangladesh has become a nation of opportunities today under the leadership of Bangabandhus daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Akbar lauded the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her role in establishing democracy, inclusive nationalism, gender emancipation and poverty alleviation, and said superpowers do not want nationalists in power as nationalists can never be a puppet. "They want puppets who can serve their interest while pretending to serve Bangladesh."

He appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas leadership and said she is the leader of Bangladeshs second Liberation War from dictatorship.  "She needs to be respected for the brave role he played against the post-75 dictatorship. And I think this should be celebrated."

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