March is depicted in Bangladesh’s history as a month of grief as well as inspiration
The historical month of independence began on Friday with a heartbreaking reminder of the genocide that the Pakistani occupation forces carried out in this country from March to mid-December in 1971.
The nation will observe the 48th anniversary of independence by paying the highest homage to the war heroes who made Bangladesh a sovereign state through a nine-month Liberation War that began on March 26, 1971.
The month also made the nation proud for the historical 7th March speech by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
Forty-eight years ago, the nation engaged in the war for independence in this month under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and earned a sovereign Bangladesh on December 16 in 1971 after fighting against the Pakistani occupation forces for around nine months.
March is depicted in the country’s history as a month of grief as well as inspiration and dedication for the freedom of the country and the people.
The struggle for independence started escalating from the beginning of March in 1971 when the then Pakistani dictator postponed the scheduled March 3 session of the National Assembly as part of their conspiracy against the peaceful and legitimate Bangali movement.
Amid deteriorating political situation and increasing demand for freedom of the country from Pakistan’s misrule, the first version of Bangladesh’s national flag was hoisted on Dhaka University campus for the first time on March 2 by the Dhaka University Students’ Union (Ducsu).
The ongoing movement against the conspiracy of Pakistani rulers took a dramatic turn on March 7, which eventually became a red-letter day in the history of the long arduous freedom struggle.
On March 7 in 1971, Bangabandhu – the architect of Bangladesh – delivered his epoch-making speech of independence at the Race Course Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka.
“We have spilled blood…we are ready to shed more, the people of the country shall be freed, In sha Allah,” Bangabandhu in unequivocal term said in his 19-minute extempore speech before a million freedom-loving people.
He went on to add: “The struggle this time is for our emancipation, the struggle this time is for our independence”.
Bangabandhu also made a fervent call to the roaring people from all walks of life to take preparations for armed struggle against the tyranny, exploitation, subjugation, and deprivation by Pakistani military junta with whatever they possessed and transforming every house into a fortress.
Bangabandhu’s tantalizing speech literally had a mesmerizing and sparkling effect on the entire population as they became united under his capable and farsighted leadership to bravely fight for liberating the motherland from the clutches of the Pakistani forces.
When the people became united for establishing their democratic rights, Pakistani occupation forces carried out their brutal “Operation Searchlight” on sleeping Bangalis on the night of March 25.
As soon as the Pakistani occupation forces started the genocide Bangabandhu declared independence of the motherland instructing the people to put up strong resistance and fight against them till the liberation was achieved.