Source: Agencies01 Jul 2016 18:08:53

New Delhi, July 1: PM Modi radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ will now also be telecast to Bangladesh. The programme which reaches crores of people in real time featuring PM Modi talking on various subjects related to social, economic and political  which have international audience soon. The programme will be translated tao Bengali language and will reach Bangadeshi Nationals through Radio channel Maitree.
After translation in English, Urdu and various regional languages, ‘Mann Ki baat’ will be broadcasted in Bengali and this will be first time when people of one country will listen to voice to Prime Minister of neighbour country.

The programme will be aired on a cross border channel of India-Bangladesh. Bangladeshi people will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the programme like Indian people, thereby becoming a part of the PM’s programme. All India Radio will also make arrangements to receive and telecast comments, answers and whatsapp messages of Bangladesh people.  

"This is the first major outreach that Akashvani made to Bangladesh by upgrading its own special Bangla service to access talent and knowledge from Bangladesh," Prasar Bharti CEO Jawhar Sircar

India had helped Bangladesh in its freedom fight ‘Mukti Judho’. Radio channel will also telecast discussion showcasing India as a friendly country. These initiatives are being done to increase effect of India on the eastern neighbour nation. Maitree will also put a block to Pakistan and Chinese radio channels in Bangladesh.  

‘Maitree’ is a joint initiative of both the nations. This channel will also telecast shows related to Independence struggle of Bangladesh. The shows will also intent to inform about India’s role during the 1971 war for formation of Bangladesh.  It will also air cultural programmes and discussions on agro-economic issues that are similar on both sides of the border.

"There had been some concerted efforts, inimical to our country. Bangladesh has been targeted by such forces through radio. There had been attacks on the freethinkers in Bangladesh too," said Amlanjyoti Mazumdar, director at AIR's external services division said. "We will try to motivate the people living there with our tradition and culture. Both sides of Bengal share almost similar culture and tradition," he said.

The channel will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in July at an event where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also be present, people familiar with the matter said.

The programme will open with iconic actor Soumitra Chatterjee reciting "Banglar Mukh Ami Dekhechi" by poet Jibanananda Das, followed by a Bhatiyali song 'Ganga Amar Ma' sung by Usha Uthup.

Keeping students in mind, AIR has come up with an idea to hold a panel discussion called 'Campus E Adda', where university students from the two sides will get to participate. Also in the works is a reality show in which people from both countries will be able to participate.