‘The Concert for Bangladesh 1971’ Book Launched

RBN Web Desk: The Concert for Bangladesh United friends of Bangladesh. Authors Abu Sayed House Of Lords, British Parliament 29th March at 1530 GMT Guest of Honour – Lord Rami Ranger CBE said this is a great piece of history encapsulated in a book for the first time. Before we forget the history of the subcontinent research oriented book like there should be a reference pint for our future generations. Her excellency Sadia Muna Tasneem Bangladesh High Commissioner to United Kingdom and Ireland mentioned that the concert for Bangladesh was the first of its kind fundraiser event to raise awareness regarding the suffering and genocide for the people of Bangladesh.

This concert changed the course of history forever. Author Priyajit Debsarkar gave a presentation of the various sections an aspects of the book. Bangladesh Liberation war and its historical background was given. The book also highlights the cultural diplomacy and how the world opinion especially in USA and Europe had changed in favour of the people of Bangladesh. He also expressed a message from his co author Mr Abu Sayed who could not attend todays event. Catherine West Member of Parliament (Shadow minister Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) said that she feels it is absolutely necessary that young people and the next generation of British Bangladeshi who are growing up in UK know about their past. She also assured the book is listed in British Parliament library and other leading libraries in London. Chris Blackburn / Political Analyst; Communications Director Swiss Inter Strategy Group mentioned that the Bangladesh liberation was a watershed moment in current history. The active and dynamic role played by British civil society and Gorge Harrison and his associates was a hallmark moment in the entire sub-continent. Alan Rides / CEO; West London Chamber of Commerce, was very delights to be at the book launce had praised the Bangladesh economic model of development and called for more trade and cooperation between Bangladesh and Britain. Made in Bangladesh garments are trolley the finest exports for Bangladesh. Pratik Datani / Director; Bridge India Foundation, had given a book review and was delights to be present in the ceremony. He said it was critical for us to know where we have come form in order to know where we are going in the future. This book is certainly a milestone in the right direction. Other members of the invited guests Mr Sutan Shariff (war veteran and freedom fighter) recalled his memories of the war and how difficult the conditions was in the refugee camps. He also thanked the then Indian Prime minister Mrs Indira Gandhi for her open arms policy toward refugees.

Mr Manish Tiwari member of Indian media delegation said he remembered his days of growing up with refuges from Bangladesh as a child and he and his team has works extensively to recreate the Musical journey of Concert for Bangladesh. Other members who wished good luck to the success of the book were – Mr Stephen Tweed / Director British Charted institute of IT Mr Tom Attenborough / Head of International Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Mr Taha Coburn / Chairman UK Asia Business Council Mr Steven Philips / Chief International Officer from Regent College Ms Nicola Ravenscourt a celebrated sculpture artist Mr Nic Careem a notable evet organiser and film maker Dr Wakif Moustafa Chairman of the British Arab Network Dr Rezwana Anwar, British Bangla medical association Members of Bangladesh and Indian media including Mr Shah Bilal of NL24 UK tv news channel. The event concluded at 1730 and was a grand success.

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