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  13 Oct 2021, 20:29

Bangabandhu's brilliant, far-racing Foreign Policy makes things easier:  speakers

  DHAKA, Oct 13, 2021 (BSS) - Speakers at a discussion said the foreign 
policy formulated by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman 
after the independence of Bangladesh was far-reaching as he maintained 
friendly relations with all countries even from a neutral position to all the 
alliances.

   "Due to Bangabandhu's realistic and brilliant diplomacy, it was possible 
to send back Indian troops very soon after independence and to quickly gain 
the recognition of all countries which reflects his far-reaching thinking," 
they added.

   Speakers made the remarks while addressing the sixth lecture of 
Bangabandhu Lecture Series titled 'Bangabandhu's foreign policy: the struggle 
to protect the sovereignty and national interest of the new state' held 
virtually on Tuesday, said a press release here today. 

  Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Research Institute for Peace and Liberty (BSMRIPL) 
and The Center for Advance Research in Arts and Social Science (CARASS) 
organised the lecture series marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu 
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

   Jagannath University History Deportment Professor Mohammad Selim presented 
keynote speech in the discussion while Chairman of CARASS also former 
Bangladesh Bank Governor Professor Atiur Rahman attended as the chief guest 
with BSMRIPL director Professor Fakrul Alam in the chair.

   Terming the ideological basis of Bangladesh's foreign policy as reflection 
of Bangabandhu's long political experience, Mohammad Selim said the foreign 
policy formulated by Bangabandhu after the independence of Bangladesh was 
far-reaching.

   He said soon after ending the Liberation War in 1971, another war of 
consolidating country's sovereignty began in 1972 which was vital to mobilize 
foreign aid for the reconstruction of the country and to get the recognition 
as an independent country in the international arena. 

   In the face of such hostile national and international situations, 
Bangabandhu gradually and patiently achieved enviable success in formulating 
a realistic foreign policy prioritizing national interest, including the 
socio-economic and political restructuring of the country, he furthered. 

   Speaking as the chief guest, Atiur Rahman said, "Bangabandhu, in his 
balanced foreign policy, has promised to maintain friendly relations with all 
countries. Bangabandhu knew that after losing to Bangladesh, Pakistan had 
started spreading misinformation to America, China and other Middle Eastern 
countries presenting misinterpretation of Bangladesh's constitution.

  In such a situation, Bangabandhu's visit to the Algiers Conference in 1973 
and later to the OIC Conference were very time befitting and brilliant steps, 
he said adding: "In the two places, he managed to change the mindset and 
views of world leaders on Bangladesh by explaining the country's past, 
present, future, socio-culture situation and religious flexibility."

   CARASS director, also provost of Bijoy Ekattor Hall of Dhaka University 
Professor Abdul Basir and Rajshahi University History Department Prof Md Abul 
Kashem also addressed the programme, among others.

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