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‘Joy Bangla’ should be nat’l slogan: HC

‘Joy Bangla’ should be nat’l slogan: HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday opined that the “Joy Bangla” slogan must be used at the beginning and end of all state programmes from the upcoming ‘Victory Day’ on December 16. The HC bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader came up with the opinion during hearing on a rule issued by the court in this regard two years ago. On December 4, 2017, the same HC bench had issued the rule asking the government to explain as to why “Joy Bangla” should not be declared as the national slogan. The rule was issued while hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed.  In the petition, Bashir had said: “Joy Bangla was the slogan of our independence and national unity and therefore it should remain as the national slogan—a symbol of national spirit and patriotism.” The HC bench recently started final hearing on the rule. The matter will again come up for hearing on January 14, 2020. Some senior lawyers, including attorney general Mahbubey Alam, barrister Shafique Ahmed, advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun, advocate KM Amin Uddin, and advocate Shah Monjurul Hoque, took part in yesterday’s hearing.

Later, deputy attorney general Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar told reporters: “The HC bench said that the ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan be must used in all state programmes from the upcoming Victory Day. It directed the government to ensure that the slogan is used in the beginning and end of state programmes.”

The court also expressed dissatisfaction over the use of the “Bangladesh Zindabad” slogan, saying that such a slogan is used in Pakistan, Basher added.

During the hearing, the state side told the court that as per Articles 3 and 4 of the Constitution, Bangladesh has everything regarding the state language, state symbol, national anthem, and the national flag. But there is no direction about the national slogan of the country in the Constitution.

The prosecution side also said that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had finished his historic March 7 speech with “Joy Bangla”, which is now a part of the Constitution as the state had incorporated Bangabandhu’s speech in the Constitution through an amendment. Hence, the “Joy Bangla” slogan should be incorporated into the constitution, the lawyers said. Later, advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun said: “The ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan was our main mantra during the War of Liberation in 1971. Freedom fighters had sacrificed their lives for the ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan, and it should be included in the Constitution and also used as the national slogan.”

He also said that many countries have their specific national slogans. “So, we prayed to the court to recognise ‘Joy Bangla’ as national slogan,” he added.

On December 4, the HC bench had observed that “Joy Bangla” was the only slogan at home and abroad during the Liberation War in 1971. It had said that some poets, litterateurs, and intellectuals of the then West Pakistan were arrested for chanting the “Joy Bangla” slogan in 1971.

When the Pakistan occupation forces shot freedom fighters during the war, they used to embrace death chanting “Joy Bangla”, the HC bench had added.