A contingent of 122 members of Bangladesh Armed Forces have reached Delhi yesterday to participate in the 2021 Republic Day parade there in commemoration of Bangladesh’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Together We Fought, Together We March, proud of 50 years of a friendship beyond strategic partnership,” Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami tweeted along with photos of the forces before the special C-17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
While the Bangladesh contingent will join the celebration this year, the Republic Day parade will otherwise be a muted affair compared to other years on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event, which is usually a celebration of India’s cultural heritage and military might, will have a limited audience, and reduced distance for the parade, reported The Print.
Bangladesh earned liberation through a bloody war of nine months on December 16, 1971, from Pakistan. India had sheltered about a crore Bangladeshis, trained freedom fighters and actively took part in the war against the Pakistani occupation army since early December 1971.