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18 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 April, 2019 12:35:15 AM
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Significance of Mujibnagar Day

THE CREATION OF BANGLADESH HAS BEEN A RESULT OF SEVERAL LANDMARK EVENTS AND THESE ARE NEEDED TO BE FIRMLY IMPLANTED IN THE NATIONAL PSYCHE
Significance of Mujibnagar Day

On April 17, 1971, the first government of Bangladesh took oath in Baidhyanathtala in Meherpur, giving official format to an administration, harbouring the desire of independence among millions of Bangladeshis. The day carries special relevance because though Bangladesh was not officially born in April 1971, and a war for liberation was raging, the formation of a government in exile proves that the people were determined to carve out a separate nation for themselves.

Forty-eight years later, Bangladesh stands proud among developing nations with a robust economy, thriving culture, celebrated sporting success and a nation firmly believing that the days when the country was called a ‘basket case’ is truly over. Mujibnagar Day is relevant because the current generation must know the true history of the country’s birth. This means that events must be held not only within the political sphere but also at schools and colleges. The creation of Bangladesh has been a result of several landmark events and these are needed to be firmly implanted in the national psyche, without any partisan explanation. To mark this day, several events are taking place. It would be a prudent idea to use this day to arrange special screening of documentaries on 1971 at halls and museums. The private TV channels can also take the initiative to air special programmes.

The history of the country, especially the turbulent times of the 70s, cannot be forgotten because Bangladesh was born from a crucible of social plus political struggle. In 1971, when the government was formed in Mujibnagar there was support from other nations which, over the four decades, have proved to be steadfast friends of Bangladesh. The day is also to remember and express gratitude to those friends who stood by a fighting nation and its desire to be free. On this day, commitment to put collaborators on trial should be renewed and the secular peace loving spirit of Bangladesh upheld.

This country has passed a variety of vicissitudes with many detractors issuing discouraging opinion about its future. Standing in 2019, Bangladesh is on firm ground in all sectors, proving once more that the first government formed by freedom fighters was not based on a fallacy but genuine patriotism topped with self-belief.

 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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