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New Indian envoy goes by road to ‘Shonar Bangla’ — tweets every step of diplomatic drive

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Bangladesh envoy reaches Dhaka via Akhaura and Ashuganj

India’s newly appointed envoy to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami seems to have made  history of sorts by doing the unthinkable — travelling to Dhaka via road and documenting every step of his journey on Twitter.

He reached Dhaka through Akhaura land border and Ashuganj. Akhaura is 5 km from Agartala and is the international border between India and Bangladesh. The border has the facility of both passenger and freight movement.

“Reached Dhaka via Akhaura, and Ashuganj. Some images of Shonar Bangla’s lush green countryside and the border crossing. And portraits of Father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in his birth centenary,” tweeted Doraiswami as he crossed the border to take charge of his new assignment while posting images from his trip throughout the journey.

Doraiswami replaced Riva Ganguly Das, who left Bangladesh on 1 October to assume the post of Secretary (East) at the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Before beginning his journey, Doraiswami met Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais as well as Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in order to get his “specific and clear guidance for the Mission ahead”.

“Inspired by his strong advocacy of the closest India-Bangladesh ties!” he said in a tweet on 3 October.

The following day, in order to showcase India’s growing connectivity with Bangladesh via India’s Northeast, Doraiswami visited the Nischintpur site of Akhaura-Agartala rail link, Srimantapur ICS and Sonamura, Belonia border and ICP, Feni River Maitri bridge and SEZ sites.

In Belonia, a quaint town in Tripura, Doraiswami also spoke about his “personal link” as his wife — Sangeeta Doraiswami — is the great grand-daughter of a civil engineer who built an ashram there in the 1920s after coming from Chattogram, Dhaka. 

Immediately after arriving in Bangladesh, he went straight to 32 Dhanmondi, the House of the Father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, “to pay heartfelt tribute to his memory…”


“Arriving in #Dhaka on 5/10/20, HC @VDoraiswamipaid homage to Jatir Pita of #Bangladesh at #Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum. Strengthening the unparalleled #IndiaBangladesh friendship is a vehicle to realising Bangabandhu’s vision,” said a tweet by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

Last week, on 8 October, Doraiswami presented his credentials to Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid. 

One only hopes that Doraiswami’s new assignment turns out to be as exciting as his journey from India to Bangladesh.

Hindi lessons for Karnataka BJP leader

Newly appointed BJP national general secretary C.T. Ravi is going all out to brush up his Hindi speaking skills.

An ardent proponent of Kannada language and culture, Ravi’s elevation in the BJP at the national level has made him think of taking Hindi lessons, sources in Ravi’s close circle said.

Ravi was Karnataka’s culture and tourism minister before he was made the party’s general secretary.

A crash course in Hindi will help this BJP strongman find himself comfortably conversing with his Delhi counterparts.

In early 2007, when a Hindi news channel reporter asked Ravi to speak in Hindi, he became nervous. He had to practise his statement for an hour to finally deliver it with a mix of Sanskrit and Kannada. 

With a chuckle, he told the reporter: “The root of all languages is Sanskrit. With this, I have managed to reach out to more people than just speaking in Hindi.”

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  1. Indian envoy to Bangladesh ought to be a Bengali career diplomat. He would be in a better position to understand the politics there because of the familiarity of language/culture. Just like the world media send Bengali speaking reporters to cover Bangladesh and Hindi speaking reporters to India.

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