On 4th of April 2021, the multinational military exercise “Shantir Ogroshena” was begun at Bangabandhu Senanibas, Bangladesh. The 2021 edition of military exercise is being held to commemorate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Father of Bangladesh).
- Shantir Ogroshena exercise is to be held between 4th and 12th April 2021.
- Indian Army contingent of 30 personnel are participating in the exercise.
- The other participants in the exercise are Sri Lankan Army, Royal Bhutan Army, Bangladesh Army.
- Also, military observers from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Turkey, Kuwait, Singapore and Saudi Arabia are to participate in the exercise.
- The main objective of the exercise is to enhance interoperability among neighbourhood. This will help in peace keeping operations.
- The armies of the participating nations are to share their experiences in peace keeping during the exercise.
Theme of the exercise is: “Robust Peace Keeping Operations”
About Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
- He was a Bangladeshi politician. Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh and he is popularly called as “Bangabandhu”.
- Mujibur Rahman was a leading figure in Awami League political party that was founded in the year 1949. He later became the leader of the party. The party played a major role in the Bangladesh Liberation war (1971).
- His daughter Sheikh Hasina is the current President of the Bangladesh.
- In the year 1975, Rahman and most of his family members were killed by a group of young Bangladesh Army.
- On 17th March 2020, the Government of Bangladesh celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu.
- The Government of India conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2020 to Bangabandhu.
Other Military Exercises between India and Bangladesh
- SAMPRITI is a joint military training exercise
- CORPAT Naval exercises annually.
- In October 2020, the countries held BONGOSAGAR Naval exercise.
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