As Bangladesh marked its 36th Independence Day, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said its liberation from Pakistan was one of the "brightest passages" of Indian history.
Speaking at a function to mark the occasion, Gandhi applauded the courage and valour of the Indian Armed forces in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
"Liberation of Bangladesh remains one of the brightest passages in the country's history and marks India's commitment to the ideals of freedom from oppression and the right to self-determination and democratic self-rule," she said greeting 1971 war veterans on the 36th anniversary of the Indo-Pak war.
"The diwas is a reminder of the courage and valour of our armed forces and the visionary leadership of Indira Gandhi," she said in her message.
She also inaugurated an exhibition on 1971 Indo-Pak war, in the presence of hundreds of war veterans, which ultimately led to the liberation of Bangladesh.
In specially made arrangements for the occasion at the sprawling AICC lawns, Gandhi shook hands with hundreds of war veterans and gallantry award winners for their historic role during the war and wished them "good health and happiness for the future".