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Madiba, Tutu, Bangabandhu and Modi: the South African connection to Bangladesh’s special 50th anniversary

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Bangladesh has said it is an honour for the country and its people as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (known affectionately as Bangabandhu) has been conferred with Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 posthumously, as announced by PM Narendra Modi. This puts him in the same company as Madiba and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. On Monday, India announced that Bangladesh’s father of the nation has been nominated for the Gandhi Peace Prize. In a statement on Monday, the Bangladesh government said that the award is a befitting tribute to the ever-deepening Bangladesh-India relations. “The award is also a befitting tribute to the ever-deepening Bangladesh-India relations in a year when both countries are jointly celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence,” the statement read. The Bangladesh government said that the honour assumes special significance on the 50th year of Bangladesh’s independence when the country is on …

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