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The colossal national tragedy

WE FEEL THAT THE BEST WAY TO SHOW RESPECT TO BANGABANDHU IS BY MATERIALISING HIS DREAM FOR A DEMOCRATIC, EXPLOITATION-FREE AND NON-COMMUNAL BANGLADESH
The colossal national tragedy

Today Bangladeshis are mourning the diabolic and gruesome murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation and the architect of Bangladesh's liberation. On this day 44 years ago some disgruntled members of the army assassinated Bangabandhu and most of the members of his family at the pre-dawn hour.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana escaped the mindless carnage as they were outside the country. No word is strong enough to condemn such a heinous act. The motive behind the murders became clear soon afterwards as the killers sought to jettison the values and principles that guided our struggle for independence, to turn the clock backwards. Their aim was to put the country on a reverse gear and thus destroy whatever great things were achieved through our Independence War.

   To the great misfortune of the country after Bangabandhu’s murder the instruments of the state were used to block the entire process of law and justice in its tracks by an Indemnity Ordinance providing immunity from law to a small group of murderers. Successive rulers tried their utmost to obliterate the memories of the Liberation War and efface the name of Bangabandhu from the mind of the public. They sheltered and even rewarded the killers of the great leader and also allowed communal politics to operate freely. Coups, conspiracies, social anarchy and corruption held unhindered sway in the country.     It is heartening that the killers’ days were numbered. The nation could recover gradually from the shocks and developments in the aftermath of the tragic killing without conclusively losing the goals of the Liberation War. Thus, in 2010, some 35 years after this heinous crime, its perpetrators were brought to justice. Let the absconding killers be brought back and punished.

   We are happy to note that measures have been taken to correct the history of Bangladesh's struggle for freedom and the role of Bangabandhu in school textbooks. We feel that the best way to show respect to Bangabandhu  is by materialising his dream for a democratic, exploitation-free and non-communal Bangladesh, by building a country where the fundamental spirit of independence is implemented and people of all caste and creed enjoy equal rights. This can be possible by establishing true democracy and the rule of law at all levels.

 

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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