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Saturday, August 15, 2015, Shraban 31, 1422 BS, Shawal 29, 1436 Hijr

We must uphold Bangabandhu's legacy
Published :Saturday, 15 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 98

Forty years ago today, Bangladesh was subjected to a period of most intense darkness since the launch of the genocide by the Pakistan occupation army more than four years earlier. On 15 August 1975, it was again the sinister and the villainous that came over the land when the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and most of his family members were gunned down in the pre-dawn hours. What happened subsequently is by now known to us and to the world outside our frontiers. For twenty one years, the people of Bangladesh, having waged a successful War of Liberation under Bangabandhu's inspiring leadership, remained hostage to the forces of anti-history exemplified by the illegal regimes as also a 'Bangladeshi nationalist' government which followed and kept the country in their grip. The darkness was lifted in 1996. Bangabandhu's killers were brought to justice and five of them went to the gallows.
Today, it becomes the responsibility of the government to ensure that all the other convicts in the Bangabandhu murder case are brought to justice. Three of them are in North America. The whereabouts of some others remain unknown. For the government, therefore, an energetic exercise of administrative action in finding these criminals and bringing them home is of paramount importance. Men who have murdered once are dangerous as long as they run free. For the people of Bangladesh, there is today a grave need to ensure that the dark forces which caused the tragedy of August 1975 and those who benefited from such tragedy do not arise again to cause misery in our lives again. The activities of the religious fanatics and the silence of those who have for years patronized the collaborators guilty of war crimes in 1971 must be taken seriously. It will not do to suppose that these elements have given up, that they are today a spent force. With each day that passes by, the danger lurking in the bushes grows. We cannot afford to be complacent.
As we remember Bangabandhu and all those good people murdered forty years ago, we need to rededicate ourselves to the dreams the Father of the Nation shaped for us and the lofty goals he set for us through his long, tortuous struggle for his people's liberty. The dreams and the goals all converge around the creation of Sonar Bangla --- Golden Bengal --- and everything that it entails. In broad outline, it is the creation of a just society that is of essence. In Bangabandhu's country, no one must go hungry, no citizen must feel unsafe, no individual or individuals must play truant with the laws of the land and every citizen must know and experience the truth that the country belongs to him, that it cares for him in the way he cares for the country.
Today, we remember the Father of the Nation. And we remember, too, the supreme sacrifices made by millions of our compatriots during the War of Liberation.
This morning, let us pledge to recreate the Bangladesh which emerged on a December day in 1971. That is the legacy Bangabandhu left for us. We must preserve it. We must keep it safe.

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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