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Teaching the true history

  • Published at 05:47 pm December 16th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:33 pm December 17th, 2017
Teaching the true history
Bangladesh is a very young country -- not just in terms of the number of years since our independence, but demographically speaking. It may come as a surprise to some, but with a very low median age of around 26, we have one of the largest youth populations in the world. People with first-hand memories of the Liberation War are now very much in a small minority, and the numbers will only shrink as time goes on. This means, we have a sacred duty to import an education on the true history of the birth of this nation to younger generations, and stand against all corrupted and distorted history texts that try to hijack the narrative. Reports show that when quizzed about our Liberation War, many young people only have the vaguest conception -- some are unable to tell the difference between Independence Day, Shaheed Day, and Victory Day. This is a shame, and ultimately our own failure in education. School students should visit the various museums and historical sites that uphold the history of 1971, and it is the responsibility of the education system to make sure that such trips are productive and enriching. Over the years, political squabbles over history have contributed to the disenchantment in young people, who sometimes approach history with scepticism and disdain. This attitude dishonours the memory of the countless men and women who gave their lives so that Bangladesh may be an independent nation. Let us do justice to the legacy of 1971; let us teach the true history of liberation to the younger generations.