Bangladesh is today 48 years old crossing a journey of sorrow and joy, but its people never gave in to wrongs. The third consecutive rule of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is a living proof that people stood for what is right and rejected those anti-liberation elements.
On this day we salute our valiant freedom fighters dead or alive, our Biranganas who were dishonoured by Pakistani Army and their cronies belonging mainly to the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami and three million people butchered to death during the nine-month Liberation War of 1971. Let us also bow our heads to gratefully thank the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who after a long political struggle to establish rights of Bangalees declared Bangladesh as an independent country on this day in 1971. In his clarion call to the Bangalees he ordered them to resist Pakistani occupation forces.So, it is time to remember with gratitude the contribution of the great leader and his followers in giving us a free country and the taste of freedom. Without their immense struggle and sacrifice, our language, culture and even our ethnic identity could have been lost systematically under the Pakistani rulers.
In liberating the country, Bangabandhu had dreamt of a golden Bengal which will be a land of happiness and where people will not be subjected to any kind of oppression, disparity and economic hardship. Soon after independence, he had initiated the process of building his dream land, but sadly, he fell to assassins’ bullets on the fateful night of 15 August 1975. The nation not only lost its architect but also became rudderless. Subsequent military and pseudo-civilian leaders only advanced the causes of the defeated forces of Liberation War – namely Pakistan and their cronies living now in disguise.
But things changed for the better when Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina came to power first time in 1996 and then for consecutive three terms since 2008. She managed to reignite the spirit of the great Liberation War and has been advancing the country towards the desired goal of its founding father.
Over the last ten years Bangladesh made tremendous progress in various social and economic indices. But still there is a long way to go in areas like reducing economic inequality, and ensuring good governance and better healthcare and an independent press that can work without fear or favour.
We firmly believe that by the time we celebrate our golden jubilee, Bangladesh will not only be a country to reckon with but also a role model for the rest of the world.
Let us pledge today to give our best for a proud Bangladesh