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Remembering past heroism takes the state forward: Hasan


Published : 25 Nov 2021 10:39 PM

“In order to take the state forward, we have to remember the heroism of the past and respect the heroes,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister as well as the Joint General Secretary of Awami League Dr Hassan Mahmud.

The minister was speaking as the chief guest while inaugurating a three-day exhibition of rare paintings captured during the war of independence organised by the Armed Forces on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Independence at the Chitrashala Auditorium of Rajdhani Shilpakala Academy on Thursday afternoon.

Lieutenant General Walker-uz-Zaman, Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces, delivered the welcome address. Invited distinguished guests including senior officers of Army, Navy and Air Force, media personalities took part in the function.

Thanking the Armed Forces Department for releasing the exhibition and the album on the occasion, the Information Minister said that there were not many photographs of the war of independence and if they were not preserved, they would be gradually lost. The initiative to save them by inserting them and releasing an album is highly commendable.

Dr. looking at the history of Bengali. Hasan said the first Bengali nation in the history of five thousand years of Bengalis gained independence in 1971 under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in exchange for a sea of blood. Earlier, the aspirations of the Bengalis for independence had not materialized.

In 18 Fakir Majnu Shah revolted, in 1831 Titumir built a bamboo fort, in 1930 Suryasen looted Chittagong prison, in 1944 Netaji Subhash Bose dreamed of independence by saying 'You give blood, I will give freedom', freedom did not come.

And the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman incited the Bengalis in such a way that the Bengalis went to war by sacrificing their lives for the sake of the country, not in thousands, but in millions. The independence of Bengal was achieved in exchange for the blood of 3 million martyrs.

Recalling the liberation war, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said, “I saw the horrors of the liberation war in my childhood. I have seen my house burning; many people have been killed in my village. My young blood is on fire, I also felt like I went to the war of liberation. But age was my obstacle. I could not go to the liberation war.”

“However, our former freedom fighters, the common people and our armed forces have fought for their lives. The role of the members of our army, navy and air force in the people's war against a trained army has accelerated our independence”, he added.

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PSO Lt General Walker-uz-Zaman, Rear Admiral M Lokmanur Rahman, Rear Admiral Mahbub-ul-Islam, Major General FM Zahid Hossain, Air Commodore Riyadat Hossain, Vice Chancellor Professor Atiqul Islam, Director General of Bangla Academy Poet Muhammad Nurul Huda M Ali Ashraf unveiled the cover of the album ‘Pictures of Bengali Heroism’ published on the occasion of Bir Pratik Exhibition.  The invited guests reviewed the documentary made on the occasion and toured the exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public every day from 11am to 8pm till November 26 under the management of Bangladesh Navy.