For the first time ever a 122 member strong contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces will participate at the historic Republic Day celebrations, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
India and Bangladesh are celebrating fifty years of the establishment of diplomatic ties, and according to sources, the participation of such a huge contingent from a friendly neighbour in the parade is of special significance and has taken the relationship beyond a strategic partnership.
More about the contingent
Soldiers of the Bangladesh Army, sailors of Bangladesh Navy and air warriors of the Bangladesh Air Force are part of the contingent. And they are being led by contingent commander Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon and his deputies Lieutenant Farhan Ishraq and Flight Lieutenant Sibat Rahman.
The leader of the delegation Colonel Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury, told media persons “We are here to have a better friendship.”
Who are these soldiers?
The majority of the soldiers in this contingent come from the most distinguished units of the Bangladesh Army — 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 & 11 East Bengal Regiment and 1, 2 and 3 Field Artillery Regiment.
More about these units participating
These units have the distinct honour of fighting and winning the 1971 Liberation War. And, the contingent from Bangladesh carries with them the legacy of legendary Muktijoddhas of Bangladesh, their fore-fathers had fought against mass atrocities by tyrannical forces, and for the liberty of Bangladesh.
Also, there are members of the Bangladesh Navy and Air force who had played a very critical role in the liberation of Bangladesh.