Our National Mourning Day message
Few can create history, and even a fewer can create a nation. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did both. Leaders, politicians, statesmen often err, but fate appeared to have been more than cruel in Bangabandhu's case, he never deserved to have been killed in such despicable manner. For Bangladesh, it has been a shame darker than the night.
Though he is no more, his deeds have made him immortal in the hearts of the common people. We pay our solemn homage to the Father of The Nation. His towering image has served as an eternal beacon. We have had bouts of military, semi-military and autocratic governments up until restoration of democracy in 1991.The return of AL in power after 21 years led to the annulment of the scandalous "Indemnity Ordinance"- holding back the trial of Bangabandhu's self-confessed assassins. With the trial and exemplary punishment of most of them, a demand for justice has been met. Even then, history has never recorded such brutal murder of a statesman along with his family members.
As the nation mourns the unthinkable murder of its architect, it has been nine years to the verdict and four of the Bangabandhu killers are still beyond reach. However, the government, in all its capabilities, is still trying to bring the perpetrators to justice. Nevertheless, Bangabandhu's legacy is a national asset and as such he must be kept above any sort of controversy. Surely he was human and not beyond errors, but his unique leadership and political struggle undeniably supersedes the flaws.
Our message for this year's National Mourning Day -- we must collectively condemn a crime. Irrespective of our political affiliations, we must all treat evil as evil, and honour good as good. The late leader's dream was to create a country out of unity, not division. Yet, many may oppose Bangabandhu's numerable political decisions, methods of running state but on one count we must all unite, he was the architect of independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
Killing of him and his family members was a heinous crime. Sadly, till this day, the joint unity in condemning such unforgivable sin is missing. Crime doesn't have separate definition for separate political parties -- it stands same for all.