Reviving The Great ’71 Spirit

Call to repay blood debt of martyrs

Metro Desk

17 December, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Call to repay blood debt of martyrs

In Passion, Colour, Vows - With great enthusiasm and solemnity, thousands gather at National Memorial in Savar on Sunday to ply glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War on the occasion of the 48th Victory Day. (1) President Abdul Hamid along with his family members cuts a giant cake at Bangabhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present on the occasion. - Reaz Ahmed Sumon/ Kamrul Islam Ratan/ Rabin Chowdhury/ BSS photo

People from all strata of life celebrated the 48th Victory Day on Sunday, paying tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to liberate the country from Pakistani occupation force in 1971.

Different educational institutions, government, semi and non-government bodies and socio-cultural organisations chalked out different programmes to mark the day.

Dhaka University

 Our DU correspondent reports: Dhaka University  celebrated the 48th Victory Day on its campus with much festivity and great enthusiasm.

On the occasion of the day, along with university authority, all socio-cultural organisations, centering to Teacher-Student Centre (TSC), chalked out elaborate programmes schedule including discussion ceremony, cultural programme, photo exhibition and music show.

The program of Victory Day started through hoisting national flags on the administrative buildings of university at 6:15 am. 

Then, at 6:30am, teachers, officials, students and employees of DU marched towards the National Memorial in Savar, led by Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman, to pay homage to the souls of martyrs, who laid their life down in 1971 for nation’s independence, placing floral wreaths.

To mark the day, at 4:10 pm, DU and Chayant jointly organized a cultural occasion at the Central ground of university and the cultural program of the Victory Day held at 6:30 pm at TSC Auditorium.

Besides, along with voluntary blood donation campaign, there also screened art, film and documentary exhibitions on the biography of martyrs at TSC.

Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (DUJA) held a day-long exhibition of the then newspaper articles about the 1971 war, titled “Ekti Manchitrer Jonmo” (Birth of a Map), inside the TSC which was inaugurated by university’s VC Akhtaruzzaman in the morning.

Apart from this, Slogan 71, a TSC-based cultural student organization, held a dazzling fireworks display in front of the Anti-Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture in the early hours of Victory Day. And, also they organized a three-day-long event at TSC for commemorating the martyrs’ contribution to nation victory.


Our staff correspondent reports: The ‘Victory Day’ was celebrated in the port city with a call to resist anti-liberation forcers at every sphere of life.

People from all walks of life of the city paid their rich tribute to the martyred freedom fighters of the country through recalling them in a befitting manner throughout the day.

Different government, non-government, socio-cultural and political organisations organised elaborated daylong programmes marking the day.

Hundreds of people individually and in procession started gathering at the Chattogram Central Shaheed Minar since early Sunday.

The formal celebration of the day was started through showing state-guard of honour by a team of police at the Shaheed Minar around 7:00am.

Later, Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor and city Awami League General Secretary AJM Nasir Uddin along with councillors placed floral wreath at the Shaheed Minar.

(1) President Abdul Hamid along with his family members cuts a giant cake at Bangabhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present on the occasion, (2) Chief Justice,  (3) Election Commission, (4) Bangladesh Awami League, (5) BNP (6) Jatiya Oikya Front, (7) Jatiya Party, (8) Dhaka University, (9) War-maimed freedom fighters, (10) BUET, (11) Sector Commanders Forum arrange a mock surrender of Pakistani occupation forces, (12) Chhayanaut artistes perform a dance on DU central playground,  (13) A green-and-red-clad kid and her father join a victory procession, (14) DSCC, (15) Students take  part in a display at MA Aziz Stadium in  Chattogram and (16) Bangladesh  Mahila Parishad activists.  -   Reaz Ahmed Sumon/ Kamrul Islam Ratan/ Rabin Chowdhury/ BSS photo


Chattogram Divisional Commissioner Md Abdul Mannan, Chattogram Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Khandoker Golam Faruk, Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Md Mahabubor Rahman, Chattogram district Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Elius Hossain and Chattogram district Superintendent of Police (SP) Noor-E-Alam Mina also placed floral wreaths.

Leaders and activists of the AL and its associate bodies including north and south district units, Chhatra League, Juba Leaguer and Women League paid tribute to the war heroes.

The Muktijoddha Sangsad, Workers Party, Communist Party, Jasad, BSD, Chhatra Union, Juba Union, Trade Union Kendra, Chhatra Moitree, District Bar Association, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), National University, Open University, Udichi Shilpi Goshthi and different educational institutions also paid homage placing floral wreaths.

Sufficient law enforcers were deployed in the Shaheed Minar areas to ward off any untoward incident.

Bangladesh HC in New Delhi

Our New Delhi Correspondent reports: Bangladesh High Commission (HC) in New Delhi celebrated the 48th Victory Day on Sunday paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 1971 Liberation War martyrs.

The mission also gratefully recalled the total support India had extended to the liberation war and the supreme sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers who fought along with the Bangladesh freedom fighters.

The day’s programmes featured hoisting of national flag by Deputy High Commissioner ATM Rokebul Haque, playing national anthem, reading out Victory Day message from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali attended the Victory Day programme in Kolkata.

A special prayer was offered seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of 1971 and Bangabandhu, his family members who were assassinated on August 15, 1975.

Bangladesh Missions Abroad

Our staff correspondent reports: Bangladesh Consulate General in Kunming, China celebrated the 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh in a befitting manner.

The programmes include recitation form the holy Quran, observing one minute’s silence in the honor of martyred and offering prayer for the welfare for the country.  The Victory Day messages of the president, prime minister, foreign minister and state minister were read out on the occasion.

Later, a discussion was held.

Students of different education institutions of Unan attended the programme.