By: Siam Sarower Jamil,
Dhaka, May 29,
Journalists’ leaders at a discussion here in Dhaka on Monday laid emphasis on media’s playing a positive role alongside the political leadership in improving Bangladesh-India relations.
They also urged the media to remain cautious about publishing negative news that might harm friendly relations between the two countries.
The leaders hoped that the two countries will soon reach a solution over Teesta water sharing deal through discussion.
Indian Media Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (IMCAB) arranged the discussion titled ‘Bangladesh-India Relations: Role of Media’ at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) with its President Bashudev Dhar in the chair.
Prime Minister’s Media Adviser and Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury attended the meeting as the chief guest.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) President and Ekushey TV Chief Editor Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul,acting president of National Press Club and acting editor of Daily Jugantor Saiful Alam, general secretary Farida Yasmin attended it as special guests.
Chief Adviser of IMCAB and The Hindu Bangladesh representative Haroon Habib presented a concept paper while IMCAB general secretary Dip Azad delivered welcome address.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said no evil force will be able to severe the ties between Bangladesh and India that was established through blood.
He said the two countries need to enhance mutual cooperation for their own interest and the role of media to that end is very important.
Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul said the Indian political leadership has to support the main force behind Bangladesh’s Liberation War. He also added that it is needed for their (India’s) stability too.
Farida Yasmin said the relations between Bangladesh and India would be strengthened if pro-liberation forces remain in power in Bangladesh.