Indian Navy Rescues Hijacked Bangladeshi Vessel MC Abdullah: A Testament to Enduring Friendship

Published: 18 March 2024
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Imran Chowdhury BEM

An internationally  renowned geopolitical analyst


In a display of unwavering solidarity and maritime prowess, the Indian Navy successfully rescued the Bangladeshi flag vessel MC Abdullah with 23 crews from the clutches of Somali pirates. The daring operation showcased India’s commitment to regional security and echoed the deep-rooted bond between India and Bangladesh, forged through shared history and mutual assistance.

The MV Abdullah, a symbol of Bangladeshi maritime commerce, fell victim to Somalian pirates in the treacherous waters off the Horn of Africa. As distress calls echoed across the seas, it was the Indian Navy that swiftly responded to the crisis. Utilising its sophisticated naval assets, including warships and aerial surveillance, the Indian Navy coordinated a meticulous rescue operation, ensuring the safe return of the vessel and its crew to Bangladeshi shores.
This act of courage and camaraderie is deeply rooted in the historical ties between India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s gratitude for India traces back to the pivotal role played by India in the 1971 Liberation War. During this tumultuous period, India stood steadfastly by Bangladesh’s side, providing crucial support to the Mukti Bahini, the Bangladeshi freedom fighters, in their struggle against the oppressive Pakistani regime.
India’s assistance transcended mere moral support. It encompassed the provision of arms, ammunition, artillery, cannons, aircraft, helicopters, and naval war machines, which proved instrumental in turning the tide of the war in Bangladesh’s favour. Establishing the Bangladesh Navy and Air Force greatly benefits India’s guidance and support during those critical times.

Furthermore, India’s humanitarian aid extended beyond the battlefield. The influx of over 10 million Bangladeshi refugees fleeing the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army found refuge in India. In addition to providing shelter, India embarked on a massive relief effort, aiding in rebuilding infrastructure ravaged by the conflict. Roads, bridges, and railway lines destroyed by the Pakistan Army were reconstructed with Indian assistance, laying the foundation for Bangladesh’s post-war reconstruction and development.

The bond between India and Bangladesh has only strengthened over the years, transcending geopolitical shifts and economic challenges. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, India once again demonstrated its commitment to its neighbour by donating much-needed vaccines to Bangladesh, aiding the fight against the deadly virus.

The final push of the Liberation War in 1971 epitomised the bravery and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces, whose relentless efforts from the four corners of Bangladesh culminated in the historic surrender of the Pakistani Army. The strategic manoeuvring, both on land and sea, orchestrated by the Indian military, played a pivotal role in cornering the Pakistan Army into the Dhaka Bowl, leading to their eventual capitulation. Amidst the fierce battles and strategic manoeuvres, thousands of Indian military personnel bravely laid down their lives, sacrificing their yesterday for the freedom of Bangladesh today. This profound sacrifice symbolises one of the most gracious displays of camaraderie and friendship, rooted in the shared culture, history, and mutual bonds that have intertwined India and Bangladesh for millennia.


The friendship and assistance shared between these neighbouring countries know no bounds. It is a testament to the enduring ties and mutual respect characterising the relationship between India and Bangladesh. The gratitude that the Bangladeshi people owe to India since their inception as a sovereign nation is immeasurable.
As the MV Abdullah safely returns to Bangladeshi waters, it serves as a poignant reminder of the solidarity and cooperation between India and Bangladesh. The successful rescue operation safeguards maritime trade and reaffirms the shared values of peace, security, and prosperity that bind these two nations together.

In conclusion, the Indian Navy’s swift action in rescuing the MV Abdullah underscores the deep-rooted friendship between India and Bangladesh. From the battlefield of the Liberation War to the seas plagued by piracy, the history of cooperation and assistance between these nations stands as a shining example of goodwill and mutual respect. As India and Bangladesh continue to navigate the challenges of the modern world, their partnership remains an enduring beacon of hope and solidarity in an ever-changing geopolitical landscape.