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Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh hoists its first flag

A total of 22 people took part in the secret mission to prepare the flag

Update : 02 Mar 2022, 10:23 AM

March 2 is a historic day for Bangladesh as it was on this day in 1971 that the country first hoisted its iconic green and red flag.

Students raised the flag on the premises of Dhaka University (DU) amid protests over then-Pakistan President Yahya Khan’s decision to indefinitely postpone the session of the National Assembly.

According to a media report of Dainik Bangla published on March 2, 1972, the student demonstration at DU was led by Nure Alam Siddiqui, president of Bangladesh Student League at the time. The first flag included an outline of Bangladesh in addition to the green and red.

The flag was hoisted by student leader ASM Abdur Rob, with Chhatra Sangram Parishad leader Tofail Ahmed, Abdul Quddus Makhan and several others in attendance.

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune yesterday evening, ASM Abdur Rob said: “As decided by the nucleus (of leaders) and Serajul Alam Khan, I got the opportunity to hoist the flag on behalf of the Bengali people who wanted a liberated country.

“A national flag is the symbol of a sovereign country. We made the plan to hoist it on June 6, 1970. Kazi Aref Ahmed was responsible for preparing the flag. A total of 22 people took part in the secret mission to prepare the flag. After the completion of the flag, it was approved by the nucleus,” he added.

According to several books on Bangladesh’s history, a small group of young leaders formed the Shwadhin Bangla Biplobi Parishad, popularly known as the Nucleus, under the leadership of Serajul Alam Khan, ASM Abdur Rob, Shahjahan Siraj, and Kazi Aref Ahmed, among others.

Some historians and individuals, such as veteran Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed, assert that the Nucleus was formed at the directive of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. They also hold that Abdur Razzak and Sheikh Fazlul Hoque Moni were core members, alongside Serajul Alam Khan.

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