Asansol (West Bengal), May 26: Lauding India’s democratic tradition for its progress, Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday sought cooperation from neighbouring nations to protect her country’s youth from the scourge of conflict, terrorism, and narcotics. “We are an independent country gradually moving towards progress. We haven’t been as lucky as India which has enjoyed a democracy tradition for which they could progress,” she said. She said her country wanted youth to lead a better and meaningful life. “We want to protect our youth from conflict, violence, terrorism, militancy and narcotics. We want the youth to lead a beautiful, better and meaningful life. I want cooperation from our neighbouring countries on this count,” said the Bangladesh Prime Minister.
Stressing that her country wanted the Indian subcontinent to be free from the perils of hunger and poverty, she said: “While formulating our plans and programmes to ensure further development, we dont’ think about Bangladesh only. Apparently hinting at India, she said earlier Bangladesh had lot of problems with its neighbouring country. “But we have resolved them, and continue to resolve them. But more than the problems, we have to think of human welfare, and improve the standard of life.”
Hasina recalled India’s contribution in Bangladesh’s liberation war, as also in building an independent Bangladesh. Expressing her country’s indebtedness to then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, she said “she stood beside us”. (IANS)