স্বাগতম – WELCOME – स्वागत
We welcome you to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi - on the web. We have taken this initiative to take you along in a journey with us to the many wonders and attractions that have brought people from all over the world to our lands for millennia now. Bangladesh is a relatively new country but ours is an old nation with rich culture and heritage. We welcome you on-board as we move ahead in time. We want you to know Bangladesh and its people and how we fare in India.
Bangladesh, India relations are multifaceted and deep rooted in shared history, geographical proximity and commonality in their cultures. The emotional bond stemming from the invaluable contribution of the Government and the people of India towards Bangladesh’s War of Liberation remain a dominant factor in the country’s political, cultural and social wave. Economically and commercially, the two countries are becoming increasingly interlinked and interdependent. Among all its neighbours, India has the largest land boundary with Bangladesh. There is an undisputed recognition on both sides that the destinies of the two neighbouring countries are inescapably intertwined.
Bangladesh figures prominently in India’s ‘Look East’ policy and both countries are working to strengthen sub-regional cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and North East India, and maximum emphasis has been placed on the question of connectivity within the sub-region as well as with the South East Asian countries under the aegis of BIMSTEC and ASEAN. Bangladesh enjoys a unique strategic location as a land bridge between South and South East Asia, and her coasts offer great opportunities for the development of deep sea ports in the Bay of Bengal for the benefit of the entire region. Bangladesh also offers huge skilled and semiskilled workforce for the development of joint venture projects. Given our vast resources and potentials, Bangladesh believes that the countries of this entire region should move and grow together for the common benefit of our people. We wish to acquaint you with our discourses flowing as they from the inescapable inevitability of our inseparable destinies.
We have constructed this corner for you to feel at home with our Mission, the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, to get acquainted with our Team. We want you to glimpse the microcosm that we are of the country we represent, Bangladesh, and also get linked with the larger Bangladesh through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government offices.
It is said that "Hope is the beginning of all Journeys". We look forward to brighter days with great expectations.
Long live Bangladesh-India friendship.
Joy Bangla !
When we had started in Mid-2012, it was almost barren. Not that we did not have green. But that the colors which define Bangladesh - Red - Blue - Green - Yellow - may be even White was not visible. It was bricks, mortar, and a lot of tiles - orange and grey. But we were audacious. Thanks to High Commissioner Tarik Karim and Naghma Karim - we practically had a free hand in turning our landscape into a flowerscape.
The dry summer turned into an extra wet monsoon. And the winter was fizzy with swift turns of winds and temperature. Not to mention the hitherto unforeseen fog. It was the grey-est winter Delhi had seen over a couple of decades!
But then again, there we were. Determined to bring colors of Bangladesh to the sandstones of Delhi!
A huge lot of infrastructure needed to be in place to begin with. Green-houses, seed-beds, sapling-trays and bulbs. And all that with the requirement of time to have the most soil and organic fertilizers to set in. We practically had one twelfth of the time required for a proper garden to set in! And we have a flower-carpet worth almost two acres!
Till January we did not have the blooms coming in. Bougenvillas and even roses and sunflowers were down. We felt like our efforts all went into oblivion. And we had no other option but to wait.
Then, one fine morning .... just like a fairy tale ... it all started. First, the blues. Then, the yellows. And then the Reds! (That's how we call our flowers). Like the mythical Camelot - the Chancery blossomed into a myriad of colors! We shot into a head-on competition with nothing less than the best in Delhi!
Sincere gratitude to High Commissioner Tarik Karim, his spouse Naghma Karim, Deputy High Commissioner Mahbub Saleh, the five gardeners (who worked with us virtually day and night and long into the weekends and whose profiles we will include in the flower-profile we are working on) and a comrade-in-arms, Prakash Thawani for the entire effort.
Here you are, friends and all, in the gardens that we have created for you all. This is little Bangladesh in Delhi! Come! And feel at home!