Tariqul Islam Lavlu, Bangladesh:
Today is December 16, the day of great victory. The most glorious day in the life of the Bengali nation is the day of liberation from the shackles of subjugation. People all over Bangladesh are celebrating the day today with joy and sorrow. The fearless heroic children who sacrificed their lives for Bangladesh for independence will be remembered with deep pain and respect.
However, due to the coronavirus situation, the health rules will be followed at the national level to celebrate Victory Day. There is no stylish arrangement like other times. Besides, Victory Day parade will not be held.
President on the occasion of the day. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have given separate statements.
On this day in 1971, after 9 months of bloody war, the Bengali nation achieved the final victory of the freedom struggle. After the liberation war led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the best Bengali of the millennium, on the afternoon of 16 December, the barbaric Pakistani aggressors surrendered to the joint forces at the then Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan). Through this the independent sovereign Bangladesh was exposed to the red sunlight of independence. Since then December 16 is our victory day. The day is solemnly celebrated with due solemnity.
Bengalis had to go through a long struggle for independence. After the end of the British colonial rule, the state of Pakistan which emerged on the basis of bi-ethnicity, was also subjected to the exploitation and oppression of the West Pakistanis by the Bengalis. However, the first blow came on the mother tongue.
In 1952, the children of Bengali mothers created a unique history by painting the highways with the blood of their breasts and establishing the right to mother tongue. The consciousness of freedom that arose through the language movement, in the course of the movement, over time took the form of the freedom movement. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the undisputed leader of the Bengalis, united the nation to take part in the final battle for independence.
Just before independence, December 14 is a black chapter in the history of Bangladesh and the world. On this day in 1971, the Pakistani aggressors and their ally Razakar Al-Badr, Al-Shams jointly planned to assassinate the best child intellectuals of Bengal. Just two days before the final victory of the Bengalis, a tragic massacre took place. They selectively killed countless academics, researchers, doctors, engineers, journalists, poets and writers.
Major General Rao Farman Ali, the military adviser to the governor of East Pakistan, devised this blueprint to wipe out Bengali intellectuals. The cadres of Al-Badr paramilitary forces carried out this barbaric massacre under their umbrella with the help of Pak army. Knowing that their defeat was imminent, the invading Pakistani forces planned to kill the intellectuals in order to make the Bengali nation incompetent.
A wreath will be laid at the Savar National Memorial on behalf of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of Victory Day due to the epidemic coronavirus situation. After that the Bir Shrestha family, war wounded freedom fighters and heroic freedom fighters will present wreaths under the leadership of the Minister of Liberation War Affairs.
Today, the national flag will be hoisted at sunrise in all government, semi-government, autonomous and private buildings and important buildings and installations will be illuminated. The main roads and road islands of Dhaka and different cities of the country have been decorated with national flags and other flags.
On the occasion of Victory Day, an online discussion meeting has been organized titled ‘Building the Golden Bengal of the Father of the Nation’s Dream’, holding the spirit of the Liberation War and achieving national prosperity through the best use of digital technology ‘.
On this day, an exhibition of posters based on the history and heritage of the Liberation War will be organized at the Independence Pillar and Underground Museum at Suhrawardy Udyan. A small number of visitors are allowed to enter according to the hygiene rules.
In addition, by post, e-mail, online liberation war based essay competition and children’s drawing competition and virtual program based on liberation war have been organized in educational institutions.
The Postal Department has issued commemorative stamps on the occasion of Victory Day. Special prayers and worship will be organized in the religious institutions in accordance with the rules of health, wishing the souls of the martyred freedom fighters and the well-being of the war-wounded freedom fighters and peace, prosperity and progress of the country.
Besides, high quality food will be served in such institutions including orphanages, old age homes, hospitals, jails and child development centers. At the district and upazila level and also at the Bangladesh embassies abroad, various programs have been taken up highlighting the significance of the day.
Tariqul Islam Lavlu, Bangladesh: