All are set to celebrate the nation’s 52nd Independence and National Day today (Saturday). Every year on March 26, Bangalis commemorate their country’s independence from Pakistan rule in 1971. It is the most precious day of the nation as the March 26 is the day of establishing self-identity of the country’s people and breaking the shackles of subjugation as well.
Every year, the March 26 brings the most tragic reminiscence of the history’s blackest episode that heralded a nine-month bloody ordeal from the night of March 25, 1971, achieving the long-cherished independence on December 16 the same year at the cost of a sea of blood. The declaration of independence was soon put on air by wireless. The declaration was first broadcast by Awami League leader MA Hannan from Kalurghat Radio Station in port city of Chittagong on March 26, 1971.
We must work together to transform
Bangladesh into a safe and peaceful
place for our next generation
The Pakistani military junta in their monstrous outburst unleashed a bloody holocaust breaking the silence of the night following March 25 in 1971 when they mercilessly killed hundreds of innocent sleeping Bangalis, including teachers, students, police, soldiers, pedestrians and rickshaw-pullers in capital Dhaka and many other parts of the country. The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early hours of March 26.
Today is a very special day for the Bangali nation. On this August occasion, we recall with deep gratitude the Greatest Bangalee of all times, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyrs, and all the valiant freedom fighters. We also recall with gratitude our foreign friends who had extended their whole-hearted support and cooperation for the cause of our liberation.
Bangladesh’s achievement in different economic and social indicators has been remarkable over the last five decades. And Bangladesh has graduated from the LDCs and none would now be able to label Bangladesh as a “poor” or “extreme poor” country as well as would not be able to make any negative remarks over the nation.
Being imbued with the spirit of the War of Independence, we all will be relentlessly working to develop our country in order to transform Bangladesh into a safe and peaceful home for our next generation. Simultaneously, all must build up strong resistance against the anti-liberation forces who are still conspiring to create chaos in the country. Country’s people must have firm determination of building a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with collective efforts alongside upholding the spirit of independence achieved in exchange for the three million martyrs and two million abused mothers and sisters.