Bangladesh must be a leader among nations
While there is no doubt that August 15, 1975 will continue to leave an indelible mark in the history of Bangladesh, we must remember that when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, it was not only to win freedom and independence for the long-suffering Bangladeshi people, but so that his country could flourish and emerge as a nation that others would follow as an example.
While our journey as a nation since then has been shaky -- and there can be no doubt that the assassination of Bangabandhu was a massive blow that we have perhaps never truly recovered from and perhaps never truly can or will -- it is important to acknowledge that, despite the numerous challenges that Bangladesh has faced and continues to face, it continues to move forward and progress.
In particular, over the past decade or so, Bangladesh’s economic growth has been nothing short of miraculous, transforming the lives of tens of millions of people, and winning plaudits and admiration the world over.
However, the vision that Bangabandhu had for Bangladesh was not just about becoming a prosperous nation.
No, what Bangabandhu envisioned Bangladesh to be -- beyond its economic progression, wealth, and prosperity -- was a nation that would be recognized as a torch-bearer for peace, democratic values, tolerance, courage, secularism, and, above all, harmony.
Bangladesh must be a leader among nations.
Keeping this in mind, let us as a people move onward and upward -- let us strive to uphold Bangabandhu’s vision, and continue to build Bangladesh into a nation that is truly worthy of being called Bangabandhu’s country.