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August is the month of mourning

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August is the month of mourning again. In the midst of the terrible outbreak of corona, a short program has started in this sad month.

Today is the first day of mourning August. From this day onwards, the Bengali nation will remember Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the greatest Bengali nation of all time. The Bengali nation will pay heartfelt homage to this great leader, the architect of independence. Hatred and contempt will be shown to this native accomplice who brutally killed Bangabandhu and his family and to the hated enemies who were defeated in the war.

However, as usual, various parties and organizations have started the month of mourning by lighting candles, lighting processions, taking oath and paying homage to the portrait of the Father of the Nation at 12:01 pm on Saturday. However, in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, all programs were short-lived and hygienic.

The month-long program of the Awami League and its allied-fraternal organizations also started in the early hours of August. Juba League, Swechchhasebak League and Chhatra League Dhanmondi have laid wreaths at the light procession towards Bangabandhu Bhaban, taking oath and laying wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.

August is a very sad month for the Bengali nation. This August marked the beginning of one of the most tragic and infamous chapters in the history of the nation. In mid-August 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the great architect of Bengali independence and the father of the nation, was brutally murdered along with his family. On that day, the soil of green Bengal was stained with the fresh blood of the chest of this great hero of thousands of years of history.

With the assassination of the Father of the Nation and his family on the night of 15th August, 1975, the great ideology and consciousness of the Liberation War was also attacked by the insidious conspiracies and attacks of the defeated enemies of 1971. After the assassination of Bangabandhu, another infamous history was written by blocking the way of its trial with the Indemnity Ordinance. After the Awami League came to power in 1996 under the leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, the stigmatized ordinance was repealed and the trial for Bangabandhu’s assassination began. The nation has been stigmatized by announcing the final verdict of the trial of Bangabandhu’s assassination on January 27, 2010 and executing the five killers by breaking the net of long judicial process and various tactics. However, the whole nation is still waiting for the execution of the other six fugitive murderers of Bangabandhu.

This August was another tragedy in the history of the nation. On August 21, 2004, the worst grenade attack in history was carried out to assassinate Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. Although the Awami League president narrowly escaped death from the grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue, 24 fresh lives, including female Awami League leader Ivy Rahman, were lost.

Today’s program: Various parties and organizations will organize various programs across the country on Sunday, the first day of the month of mourning. People across the country will wear black badges as a symbol of mourning. There are mourning rallies, paying homage to the Father of the Nation at Tungipara and his portrait at Bangabandhu Bhaban premises, prayers and milad mahfil for the forgiveness of the souls of Bangabandhu and his family members, discussion meetings, photo exhibitions, voluntary blood donation, cultural competitions etc. Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance will light a lamp in memory of Bangabandhu at 11:30 am today at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.

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