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MAITRI DIWAS: 6 DECEMBER 2021

MAITRI DIWAS: 6 DECEMBER 2021

Context:

On December 6, Maitri Diwas was celebrated in 2021 to mark the day on which India recognized newly-formed Bangladesh in 1971.

About the Day:

  • On December 6, 1971, India was one of the first countries to form bilateral diplomatic ties with Bangladesh.
  • In March 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh to attend the national day of Bangladesh, and there proposed to observe December 6 as Maitri Diwas or Friendship Day.

Significance of the Day:

  • The remembrance of this day is a monument to the peoples of India and Bangladesh's profound and lasting friendship, which has been strengthened by blood and shared sacrifices.

Celebration in Multiple Countries:

  • It is celebrated in 18 countries worldwide, other than Dhaka and Delhi.
  • The countries in which it is celebrated are Russia, Qatar, Singapore, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, UK, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the USA.

About the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971:

  • The year 2021 marks the Golden Jubilee of the Liberation War.
  • In 1971, Bangladesh gained independence from the occupation of oppressive East Pakistan.
  • This has changed the history and geopolitical situation of South Asia.

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