Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Historic Six-Point Day today

The nation is set to observe the historic Six-Point Day today to commemorate the Awami League-led movement for autonomy in 1966 that ultimately led to the liberation struggle of Bengalees.

This day in 1966, eleven workers, including Monu Mia, were killed in Dhaka and Narayanganj in police firing during a hartal enforced by Awami League in support of the six-point programme announced by party leader Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of the six-point demand, the Magna Carta of the Bengalees demanding autonomy for the then East Pakistan.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched his historic six-point political and economic programme in Lahore on February 5 in 1966, aiming

at attaining greater autonomy for the then East Pakistan in the backdrop of exploitation and discrimination by the then Pakistani rulers.

The six demands were – creating provision in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore Resolution, the federal government will deal with only two subjects: Defence and Foreign Affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.

On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.

In his message, the President paid rich tributes to the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all who embraced martyrdom for implementing the six-point demand.

Terming the historic six-point demand as the milestone in the country's long  struggle for independence, he said the independence of Bangalee nation was not achieved in a single day.

The President said the movement, which was initiated in 1948 with the demand for recognition of Bangla as a state language, had successfully culminated through the 1952 Language Movement creating foundation of Bangalee nationalism.

Through the six-point demand, Hamid said Bangabandhu presented political,  economic, social and cultural interests, including along with administrative  structure, powers of the central government, monetary policy, revenue and tax policy, foreign trade and the formation of regional forces, of East Bengal.

The President further said the six-point demand contained the framework of independence and autonomy of Bangalee nation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tributes to the memories of all martyrs of the struggle for independence including those of the June 7 and said that the historic June 7 is an unforgettable and significant day in the history of Bangladesh.

"The historic movement for six-point demand, declared by the greatest Bengali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, got a new dimension on June 7, 1966," she said.

The premier said police and the then EPR had opened fire on unarmed people during the observing hartal called by Awami League to realise the six-point demand, the charter of freedom of the Bangalee nation.

The present government is firmly committed to keep intact the democratic rights of the people imbued with the spirit of all democratic movements and struggles, including the historic June 7, she said, adding, "We are taking the country forward with the spirit of the Liberation War. We are working to reach the benefits of independence to all people of the country.”

Noting that Bangladesh is now the 31st largest economy in the world with the GDP size reaching $465 billion and per capita income $2,824, the premier said cent percent people of the country are now enjoying the electricity facility.

 Rural people are now availing all civic amenities as the government reached digital technology at the doorsteps of rural people, she said, adding, "We are giving houses to the homeless people so that no one in the country remain homeless".

Bangladesh will stand with its head high in the world and be a developed, prosperous and modern state by 2041, Sheikh Hasina said, adding, "We will build the Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by father of the nation by realising the dream of the martyrs.”

Awami League has urged all to observe the day in a befitting manner with maintain health guidelines.

According to the party’s programme, AL will hoist national and party flags at dawn at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue and Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in the capital.

Later, the party will pay rich tribute to the Father of the Nation at his portrait at Dhanmondi 32 by placing floral wreaths at 8:00am.

To mark the day, Awami League will hold a discussion at 11:00am at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue where Prime Minister and party President Sheikh Hasina will address it virtually from her official residence at Ganabhaban.