Several programs have been organized across the country, but no parade this year
The nation on Wednesday celebrated the 50th Victory Day, the most precious day of Bangladeshis, as the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on the day 49 years back after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the cost of supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.
Though the pandemic Covid-19 has almost paralyzed the whole world barring the people from attending any public gathering in person, the celebration of Victory Day this year has a different dimension, reports BSS.
The day was celebrated in the Mujib Borsho, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu from March 2020-March 2021, just ahead of the country’s golden jubilee of independence to be celebrated in 2021.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day, paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War in 1971.
The government organized elaborate programs to celebrate the day at the national level, maintaining the health guidelines in face of the global pandemic Covid-19.
The programs included a 31-gun salute, placing of wreaths at the monuments to pay homage to martyrs, hoisting of the national flags atop all government, semi-government and private offices as well as offices of autonomous bodies across the country, decorating city streets with miniature national flags and colourful festoons, and illumination of important buildings and establishments, roads and street islands at night.
On behalf of President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, rich tributes were paid to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar with the rise of the sun.
This was followed by the freedom fighters and their family members while Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque had led them.
However, the traditional parade with the participation of different contingents of the armed forces at the National Parade Ground was not held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
PM greets FFs with gifts
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday greeted all Freedom Fighters (FFs) of the country on the occasion of the 50th Victory Day.
Like the previous years, the premier sent flowers, fruits and sweetmeats to the FFs at Martyred and War-wounded Freedom Fighters’ Rehabilitation Centre (Muktijoddha Tower-1) on Gaznavi Road in city’s Mohammadpur as a mark of her good wishes for them.
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On behalf of the prime minister, her Assistant Private Secretary-2 Gazi Hafizur Rahman Liku and Assistant Press Secretary ABM Sarwer-E-Alom Sarker handed over these items to the FFs and their family members in the morning.
The freedom fighters thanked and expressed gratitude to the prime minister for remembering them on every national day and festival like the Independence Day, the Victory Day, Eid and Pahela Baishakh.
They also wished Sheikh Hasina good health and long life.
The freedom fighters and their family members also expressed deep concern about the disrespect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the attempt of emergence of the new Rajakar in the country.
They vowed to prevent any terrorist and anti-state activities in the name of religion in this soil of independent Bangladesh at any cost, also urging the successors of the freedom fighters and future generation for taking lead to this end.
Marking the day, a virtual discussion titled “Attaining national prosperity through upholding the spirit of the Liberation War and ensuring the best use of digital technologies to build the ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” was held on Wednesday.
Posters based on the history of the Liberation War were exhibited at Swadhinata Stambha and the underground museum at the Suhrawardy Udyan on the day. A limited number of visitors were allowed to visit the exhibitions, maintaining the health guidelines.
Besides, essay competitions based on the Liberation War were held using digital platforms, while painting competitions for the children and virtual functions were held at educational institutions across the country.
Special prayers were offered at mosques and other places of worship, seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of the Liberation War and good health for the injured freedom fighters as well as peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
Improved diet was served to inmates of jails, hospitals, orphanages, and vagrant homes across the country.
Programs at home, abroad marking the day
Similar programs were organized at upazila and district levels as well as at Bangladesh missions abroad to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.
Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations also chalked out a series of programs to celebrate the nation’s glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.
A discussion was held at 3pm at the Awami League’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue marking the Victory Day.
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina addressed the discussion via video conference.
The day is a public holiday.
National dailies brought out special supplements on the occasion while Bangladesh Postal Department released a memorial postal stamp to mark the day.
Awami League, other organizations pay tributes
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader along with party’s central leaders paid tributes to Father of the Nation by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in the city.
After placing the wreath, the Awami League leaders stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of Bangabandhu and the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.
Later, Dhaka city north and south units of Awami League, Jubo League, Chhatra League, Swechchhasebak League, Krishak League, Jatiya Sramik League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League and other associate bodies of the ruling Awami League paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths separately at his portrait.
Different social and cultural organizations, including Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote and Bangladesh Awami Information and Technology Forum, also paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait.
Historic March 7th Speech
The victory day celebration reached a new height following Unesco’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic March 7th Speech as a part of the world’s documentary heritage in 2017.
On October 30 in 2017, the Unesco announced the prestigious acknowledgement of one of the world’s most glorious speeches, through which Bangabandhu effectively decelerated the country’s independence in a mammoth public rally at Ramna Racecourse ground (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka on March 7, 1971.
The speech inspired the Bangali nation in their quest for freedom and energised freedom loving people for freeing the country through War of Liberation.