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Communal forces can't deter Bangladesh, India relations

KOLKATA, Jan 06, 2018 (BSS) - Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said no communal forces can pose threats on way to the prevailing friendly relations between Bangladesh and India.

"We cannot forget the contributions of the Indian soldiers to our Liberation War", Inu said after inaugurating a four-day film festival on Bangladesh Liberation War here.

The Information Minister formally inaugurated the festival as the chief guest at Nandan Film Center here hosted by Ministry of Information, Bangladesh, with the help of the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission to Kolkata on Friday evening.

The festival was kicked off on January 5 and will continue till January 8, to mark the Great Victory Day on December 16 next. A total of 24 films and 83 liberation war-based photographs of Bangladesh will remain open for all in Nanda Center and Nazrul Chhatra of Kolkata during the festival.

Inu said that "If we can eliminate communalism, the path to confront all challenges would ensure peace and development".

He said that the film is such a media which draws people closer, infuse emotions among people and teaches them to think. Photography is a reflection of the time, he added.

Holding exhibitions on films and photographs between Bangladesh and India on a regular basis will deepen the relations between the two countries, he observed.

Minister of Power and Non - Conventional Energy Sources, Government of West Bengal, Shri Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who spoke on the occasion as the guest of honor, said that if Bangladesh was not independent, the practice and development of Bangla language and culture would not have been elevated to such a level.

Syed Moazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, spoke on the occasion as special guest.

The prominent Indian culture personalities, Bibhash Chakraborty, filmmaker Prosenjit, Kowel Mallik and Gargi Roy and Managing Director of Ananjya Corporation Shafiq Rahman attended the function with Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Tawfiq Hassan in the chair.