Today is the great Independence Day and National Day. Bengali people on this day took up arms to free their beloved country from the clutches of Pakistan following the declaration of the country’s independence.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the government has suspended all Independence Day programmes in view of the risk of public health posed by the deadly bug.
This year, people will refrain from placing wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar as the government has cancelled the programmes to avoid mass gatherings over the corona scare.
Usually on the day, the President and Prime Minister place wreaths early in the morning as a mark of respect to the martyrs of the Liberation War. But this year, all programmes have been cancelled.
Different political parties as well as socio-cultural and professional organisations have also cancelled all programmes to avoid public gathering and maintain social distancing following the directives of the government as well as the World Health Organization.
In the early hours of March 26, 1971 Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman proclaimed country’s independence following the heinous attack on unarmed Bangalees by Pakistan forces on the midnight of March 25.
The war broke out on March 26 in 1971 when Pakistan military launched operations against Bangalee civilians, students, intelligentsia and armed personnel.
Jamaat-e-Islami opposed the independence of erstwhile East Pakistan and formed militias such as Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams which massacred Bangalee civilians, particularly religious minorities.
Bangladesh gained independence after a nine-month bloody war against Pakistan through supreme sacrifices of three million people. Two million women also lost their chastity during the war.
With the declaration of independence on this day in 1971, people took up arms to free the country from the clutches of Pakistan and eventually liberated the soil of the land on December 16.
The day is a public holiday.
The national flag will be hoisted atop the government, semi-government and private buildings on the occasion.
National dailies will bring out special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private radio stations and television channels will air special programmes, highlighting the significance of the day.
Public buildings and places will be illuminated and decorated with buntings and festoons.
Improved food will be served in hospitals, jails, orphanages, vagrant homes, Muktijoddha Kendra and charity homes.