"Independence Day greetings to the people of Bangladesh, a nation that has always been an enduring and important friend for India," Modi said in a brief statement.

Bangladesh was declared an independent nation on this day in 1971 by its leaders as the Pakistani military launched a bloody crackdown against a nascent independence movement, leaving thousands dead.

The civil war escalated into a major India-Pakistan war in December 1971 that saw Pakistan's eastern wing breaking away to become an independent country called Bangladesh.

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