Tuesday, 27 September, 2022
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National Mourning Day

Materialise Bangabandhu’s dreams

Following the course of eternity come again August 15, the day the whole nation marks the National Mourning Day with due solemnity in memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was brutally assassinated on this day in 1975. The assassination of the Father of the Nation along with most of his family members including women and children is a singularly dark episode in our annals of history. It was very much evident from the arrogant approach and wild glee of the murderers that they were not content to eliminate some individuals but to erase as completely as possible the ideals and values of the Liberation War.

However, their intention to snuff out the freedom of Bangladesh was not realised ultimately as the people had been steadfast in protecting the freedom and upholding the spirit of the Liberation War. Despite all odds, the conspirators and killers were tried and sentenced to death in the due process of law. Six of the killers have already been hanged while the hunt is on for the rest of the convicts running fugitive.

True enough, the loss of the greatest leader is irreparable, never to be compensated by any means. However, we can commemorate the sacrifice of this great soul and his family members by materialising his long-cherished dream of establishing a ‘Sonar Bangla’ which would be free from hunger, poverty and illiteracy.

Hence, it is a matter of consolation that after the waste of valuable time following the saddest episode in the history of Bangladesh, we are now on the track to realise the iconic leader’s dreams. His worthy daughter is leading the nation in the right direction. Though we are very close to materialise some of Bangabandhu’s dreams, some others like eradicating corruption and economic inequality and establishing social justice are yet to be fulfilled. We expect that the nation could achieve success in this regard also, following the ideals of Bangabandhu. If it happens, this would surely be the best way to commemorate the sacrifice of the greatest ever Bengali. Therefore, the policymakers should take the oath of fulfilling Bangabandhu’s unfulfilled desires on this National Mourning Day.