The first foreign visit of Prime Minister of India will be to Bangladesh, after an year of pandemic and lockdowns. The year being 50th anniversary of Liberation f Bangladesh , the visit is even more symbolic and in tune with Government’s policy of Neighbours First.
PM Narendra Modi is set to visit the Matua temple at Orakandi in Bangladesh on March 27, the second day of his two-day trip to the neighbouring country. During his visit on the invitation of PM Sheikh Hasina, Modi will attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence, birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the 50th year of ties between the two nations.
The visit is also expected to have an impact on the upcoming Bengal elections as per some analysts. The shrine at Orakandi is the most sacred pilgrimage centre for the ‘Matua’ community, a Hindu sect born out of a reformist movement around 1860 by Harichand Thakur.