October 17, 2021, 9:45 pm
Special Correspondent :
Today is National Mourning Day, a day of mourning for Bengalis. 46th Martyrdom Anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Almost everything of the different historical days of Bangladesh and Bengalis is of achievement, glory; But National Mourning Day is a day of loss, a day of stigma. On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu, the best Bengali of a thousand years and the architect of independent Bangladesh, was killed along with his family in a barbaric and tragic massacre of history. The Bengali loses his adorable man and the great hero of history.
In this situation caused by the Corona epidemic, on the one hand, various brief arrangements are being made for the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation. Besides, on the occasion of National Mourning Day, various programs will be observed in a limited range on the occasion of National Mourning Day.
President Mohammad Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad have issued separate messages on the occasion of National Mourning Day. In these messages, they paid deep homage to the memory of the father of the nation and his family members who were martyred on August 15.
On that bloody morning of ’75, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally martyred at his residence on the historic road No. 32 of Dhanmondi. Bangabandhu was killed along with his wife Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesha Mujib, three sons, freedom fighter Sheikh Kamal, army officer Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old child Sheikh Russell and two-year-old child Sheikh Russell. Daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosie Jamal. However, Bangabandhu’s two daughters, the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, survived the exile.
Bangabandhu’s younger brother Sheikh Abu Nasser, brother-in-law Abdur Rob Serniabat, his son Arif Serniabat, daughter Baby Serniabat, baby grandson Sukant Babu, Bangabandhu’s nephew Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni and his niece were killed in the brutal massacre in mid-August. Shaheed Serniabat, Abdul Naeem Khan Rintu and Col. Jamil Uddin Ahmed, the President’s personal security officer who rushed to save Bangabandhu’s life, along with some security officials and employees. The nation will remember these martyrs with deep grief and respect today.
Bangabandhu is not just a person. This personality, the embodiment of the dream of the whole nation, is the great hero of the Bengali world conquest and the embodiment of unity, inspiration and freedom. His steely leadership and fearless fighting spirit has given the Bengali nation an inexhaustible motivation to assert its rights. He led the liberation of the people of Bengal from the continuous exploitation, oppression, colonial humiliation and deprivation of the Pakistani rulers and the humiliation of long-standing oppression and discrimination.
After a long 24-year struggle against Pakistani rule and exploitation, Bangabandhu called for independence in a speech at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan on March 7, 1971. On that day, in his thunderous voice, ‘This time the struggle is our struggle for liberation / This time the struggle is the struggle for freedom’, millions of oppressed Bengalis were inspired by the mantra of jumping into the war of independence.
After the beginning of the most brutal genocide in history on the night of March 25, 1971, in the early hours of March 26, Bangabandhu’s voice echoed the immortal declaration of great independence. Members of the Pakistani military arrested him that night and took him away from his Dhanmondi residence. After that he was imprisoned in West Pakistan for 9 months of the liberation war. However, the great fearless leader of the Bengalis did not compromise on the question of independence even though the sword of death was hanging over his head. That is why even the Pakistani dictator has to bow down. At the end of the war of liberation, they were forced to return this leader of Bengali life. After that, Bangabandhu returned to his dream independent Bangladesh on January 10, 1972 in the guise of a hero.
Besides engaging himself in building a war-torn country, Bangabandhu also involved the people in development. He was a firm believer in the struggle to build the country – the people of the country will never forget his sacrifice and contribution. Will not be ungrateful. Bangabandhu, the newly formed head of state of Bangladesh, therefore lived in a simple house on Dhanmondi Road No. 32 instead of a government residence. But the conspiracies of the defeated evil forces and the imperialist forces did not stop. On August 15, 1975, the conspirators used some misguided and ambitious members of the army to carry out the plot.
The conspirators were not only Bangabandhu but also the most heinous and brutal massacre in the history of world and human civilization; Achieving the millennial expectation of the people also wanted to kill freedom and all noble aspirations. He also tried to erase the history of Bengali heroism. But he did not conspire with the killers. Bangabandhu is still radiant in the minds of the nation and the world.
The stigma that was put on the forehead of the Bengali nation on the cursed day of 15th August; After more than 34 years, on January 27, 2010, the nation was acquitted of that stigma. According to the verdict of the final trial of Bangabandhu’s murder, five murderers were hanged after midnight that day. This marks the end of the heinous and obscure chapter of father murder and conspiracy and usurpation of power. The struggle for the victory of the Bengalis in the struggle to establish the rule of law also went one step further. However, the whole nation is still waiting for the execution of the other six fugitive murderers of Bangabandhu.Today’s program: On the occasion of the day, various political parties, organizations, institutions and organizations are carrying out various programs at the government-private level today. However, due to the global pandemic coronavirus outbreak, these programs will be carried out to a limited extent and in compliance with health care regulations.
Today is a public holiday. The national flag will be flown at half-mast at all government, semi-government, autonomous buildings, educational institutions and private buildings. The national flag will also be hoisted at half-mast in Bangladesh missions abroad and discussion meetings will be held. Private satellite channels including Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar will broadcast special programs and newspapers will publish special supplements. Poster printing and distribution and documentary films on Bangabandhu will be screened. Posters of National Mourning Day will be placed at important places including educational institutions, Growth Centers and will be promoted through LED boards. Three posters have also been released by the National Committee to Celebrate the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
At 6.30 am, President Mohammad Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay a wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation at the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi. At this time the Armed Forces will provide the Guard of Honor. There will be special prayers and recitation of the Qur’an. The Prime Minister will lay wreaths and petals at the graves of family members and other martyrs of the Father of the Nation who were martyred on August 15 at Banani Cemetery at 7.30 am and will take part in Fateha recitation and prayers. His military secretary will pay homage to the Prime Minister at Bangabandhu’s tomb in Tungipara at 10 am. At this time there will be a special munajat and doa mahfil with Fateha recitation and awarding of Armed Forces Guard of Honor.
Milad mahfil will be held at Bangabhaban after Asr on the occasion of the day. President Md. Abdul Hamid will join Milad. Mosques across the country will hold Holy Quran recitations, munajat, doa mahfils and prayers at temples, churches and other religious institutions. There will be Holy Quran recitation, Milad and Doa Mahfil at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and special prayer meeting at Dhakeswari National Temple.
Different ministries, departments and agencies will carry out their respective programs. The Department of Posts and Telecommunications will send text messages to all mobile subscribers through the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission highlighting the significance of the National Mourning Day. Different parties and organizations will organize different programs. Discussion meetings and prayer mahfils will also be held at district and upazila level following social distance and following hygiene rules.
The Awami League’s two-day program includes hoisting national and party flags at Bangabandhu Bhaban, central office and all party offices at sunrise on Sunday at sunrise and hoisting black flags, paying homage to the portrait of Father of the Nation at Bangabandhu Bhaban premises at 8 am and martyrs at Banani Cemetery on August 15. Tribute to Bangabandhu’s tomb at Tungipara at 10:30 am, tomb visit, Fateha recitation, Milad and prayer mahfil, Doa and Milad mahfil in all mosques of the country including Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Johar, special prayers at temples, pagodas, churches and other places of worship Distribution of food among the indigent, orphans and destitute people in different parts of the country, milad and prayer mahfil of Mahila Awami League at Bangabandhu Bhaban premises after Asr and discussion meeting at the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue tomorrow at 3:30 pm. The Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting and address the gathering via video conference.
Awami League General Secretary and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader in a statement called upon the leaders, supporters and well-wishers of the party and allied organizations to observe the National Mourning Day with due dignity and seriousness.
At the initiative of the National Press Club, a portrait of the Father of the Nation will be paid homage on the wall of the club lobby at 10 am today. BFUJ-Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) will hold various programs including discussion meetings. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) will provide free specialist medical services.
The day was also marked by various programs by various parties and organizations including hoisting of black flags, holding of black badges, paying homage, Quran recitation, milad and prayer mahfil, prayer meeting, food distribution, voluntary blood donation, free medical treatment, photo and documentary exhibition, voluntary blood donation and discussion meeting. Will observe.