Dhaka, Bangladesh
Independence Day today

Independence Day today

The nation celebrates the 50th Independence and National Day today rejuvenating the resolution to uphold the spirit of the nine-month-long epic Liberation War waged by almost a defenceless nation against the mighty occupation army of Pakistan back in 1971. On this day, we pay our deepest homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the 'poet of politics', as he was then called by the Newsweek, and the architect of Bangladesh. His birth centenary is being celebrated this year too. Just a hundred years ago Bangabandhu was born in a small hamlet of Tungipara in Gopalganj and in course of time he changed the course of history of the Bengali nation. His historic 7th-March-Speech inspired the people to fight for independence from the shackles of Pakistani rule. Bangabandhu's empathy for the sufferings of the people made him strive for their freedom. He was a visionary leader whose birthday falls on 17th March. It will be a fitting way of showing respect to his vision and a journey he led towards building a new nation. Every tale has a prologue and the 25th March is the prelude to our independence war. The extent of killings, rape, plunder and brutality in Nazi fashion, the marauding Pakistan military had unleashed on the night of the 25th March is unprecedented in history. This day we salute those valiant freedom fighters who gave their today for our tomorrow, and the great many mothers and sisters who remain unknown and unsung, whose blood and sacrifices have hallowed this land of ours. For any country, a day like this one is an occasion for rejoicing; but for us, celebration is laced with sombre thoughts and heart-ache. Due to the spread of coronavirus all programmes centering the Independence Day have been cancelled. The government cancelled Independence Day ceremonies, civic reception at Bangabhaban and the Swadhinata Padak distribution programme and took a slew of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus instead of pompous celebration on the occasion. The spirit of the Liberation War was national unity, justice and democracy. The essence of the struggle for freedom was economic, political and social emancipation. We have a lot of progress in our poverty alleviation and social development indicators. But we have miles to go to ensure equitable distribution of wealth, removal of income disparity, and social justice. We have to traverse a long way for achieving the desired goals of independence which were the emancipation from all sorts of discriminations and exploitation. On this day, let us unite and resolve firmly with a singleness of purpose to build a 'Golden Bengal'.

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