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Hasina receives doctorate, gets emotional about Tripura

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 12.01.12

Agartala, Jan 12 (PTI): An emotional Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today received an honorary doctorate from the Tripura Central University whose site was once a training camp for the soldiers of her country's liberation.

Vice President Hamid Ansari handed over the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) to Hasina who fondly recalled the helping hand Tripura had extended during 1971 Liberation War spearheaded by her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

By the time, Tripura was the 'war capital' during the liberation war sheltering more than 15 lakh people from across the border.

In a voice choked with emotion, 64-year-old Hasina said her long cherished dream was fulfilled as she arrived in Tripura, ‘the pilgrimage of Bangladesh Liberation War’.

She was given the degree by the university in recognition of her 'great contribution to the protection of multicultural democracy and peace' in her country and in the sub-continent.