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Prime Minister Modi’s visit to temples in Bangladesh should be seen in a broader context: Shringla | India News


DHAKA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to temples in Bangladesh should be viewed in a broader context and was part of the plan for a long time, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Saturday.
At a press conference on the prime minister’s two-day visit to Bangladesh, Shringla said that the prime minister had expressed his desire to visit Thakurbari in Orakandi and the Jashoreshwari Kali temple when he arrived in Bangladesh in 2015.
“He actually talked about visiting Kuthibari and other areas. He was very happy that he had visited at least two places that he wanted to visit. He couldn’t go to Kuthibari,” he said.
“This was part of the plan for a long time and it was something that was in the context of shared history and cultural ties … It has to be seen in a larger context,” he said.
Shringla said that India and Bangladesh have a lot of shared history and cultural heritage.
“We are not countries that go to capitals, we have meetings in classrooms and we return. We are countries that have so much shared history and cultural legacy that we visit different parts of each other’s country,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi offered prayers on Saturday at the Orakandi temple in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh and interacted with representatives of the Matua community.
Hours earlier, Prime Minister Modi had offered prayers at the Jashoreshwari Kali temple. Dedicated to the goddess Kali, Jeshoreshwari Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in Ishwaripur, a village in Shyam Nagar, Upazila of Satkhira. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peeth, scattered throughout India and neighboring countries.
West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the prime minister of seeking the votes of a section of people in Bengal during his visit to Bangladesh and said the Trinamool Congress will complain to the Election Commission.
Shringla said the two prime ministers held narrow-format discussions and delegation-level talks, allowing them to take stock of progress in various areas.
“This included a discussion on how we can preserve the legacy of 1971, trade and connectivity, cooperation and water resources, security, defense, power and energy, new areas such as artificial intelligence, the environment, the social application of nuclear energy, “he said.

Times of India