President M Abdul Hamid on Thursday called upon the countrymen to assess the achievements the country has made in the last 50 years.
“We have already passed 50 years of independence. It is not a less time for a nation. It is high time to make assess how much has been materialised after getting our independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he said while delivering his address at a state programme titled ‘the Great Hero of the Great Victory’ at the South Plaza of Parliament.
Bangabandhu made a clarion call for independence after the Pakistanis launched a crackdown on the unarmed Bengalis on March 25 in 1971.
The war started and ended with Bangladesh’s victory after a nine-month bloody war.
The Pakistan-led occupation forces surrendered at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan before the allied forces on December 16 that year.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind joined the gala celebrations of the Bengalis.
Abdul Hamid urged all citizens to play roles in building the country.
“Besides establishing ideals and morality in every sector, eligible leadership must be developed,” the head of state added.
Abdul Hamid, a close aide of Bangabandhu, said the Father of the Nation did not learn wisdom of politics from any book or academic lesson.
Bangabandhu learnt it from the people. He used to read the language of the people and their demands. He used to stand by them in their need, he said.
Mentioning Bangabandhu as a great leader, the President said, “Usually, the leaders are called statesmen whose roles bring changes in the history, maps and state structure.”
Bangabandhu was such a great leader, under whose leadership we were freed from the clutches deprivation and repression and got an independent country, he said.
“Bangabandhu gave us an independent country, constitution, secularism, economic emancipation and political freedom. But no great leader can do it at a time.”
Marking the golden jubilee of victory, the President hoped that all should come forward to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh.
“We have got the independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu and the country is moving towards Sonar Bangla under the capable leadership of his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.