Observance of the National Mourning Day
Almost 21 years, from 1975 to 1996, the memories of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were under a deep shadow of malignity. A generation was kept blind from the heroic deeds of Bangabandhu. Even many unethical attempts of wiping his name from the history weren't left unturned.
However, history shows, "Truth never lies untouched." Very few people, that time, were able to show the courage of pronouncing the name of the greatest leader of our independence. The young generation, however, doesn't forget to make them acquainted with this valiant hero through reading various valuable books on the history of our independence.
The autobiography of Bangabandhu "The Unfinished memory" is a noted source to know the great poet of politics more closely. Interestingly enough, this valuable book is enlisted in the syllabus of the Department of English of Chittagong University, which is a noteworthy milestone in the way of enriching our history. Such kind of initiative will be effective to preserve the actual history of the birth of Bangladesh.
The man who spent about 18 years of his life in the dark room of prison to fight for the cause of the general people of his motherland never thought to be killed by his own people even in dreams. Despite facing extreme barriers in his way to free his people from extortion, this undaunted leader of Bangladesh never lost his courage; rather he fought until his last breathe for the emancipation of his people.
August 15 is a dark period in the history of Bangladesh, a nation killed his Father who brought the reddish sun of freedom to them. The Father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members- excluding Sheikh Hasina, now the Prime Minister of Bangladesh , and her younger sister Sheikh Rehena- were brutally assassinated by some miscreants of Army Personnel. Since his two daughters were in Germany at that time, they could escape the massacre.
Nowadays, since 2009 - after a long blockade - on 15 August, the National Mourning day is observed throughout the country with due respect and honour, though some activities of this day make us astonished which does not go with the significance of this significant day.
The day is a public holiday. The Government, ruling party Awami League and different government and non-government organizations observe the day by arranging various programmes on Bangabandhu 's life and struggle. National flag is also kept at half-mast. The President and Prime Minister offer flowers wreath to the mausoleum of Bangabandhu. After them various organizations also offer flowers.
Nevertheless, we must remember that it is a mourning day in memoriam of the greatest leader of our nation and we must observe the day without any violence as well as without hampering the activities of national interest.
Unfortunately, many so-called political leaders are seen in making groupings during paying homage to the mausoleum of Bangabandhu. And, unnecessarily, important roads are kept blocked. Sound of songs is made here and there in the name of the celebration.
Because of the holiday, emergency patients suffer a lot due to the negligence of government medical officers as well as staffs. The day is, surely, observed for the peace of the soul of Bangabandhu. So, remembering the significance of this day, we should eschew the awkward observation methods which may become the cause of disturbance of the people.
Indisputably, Bangabandhu is not only just a name, it is a feeling which forces us to realize the freedom of our country from the core of our heart. It binds our emotions in a same wreath to make this country free from poverty, corruption and illiteracy. Moreover, the historical speech of 7th march will always echo in our mind from time to time which will inspire us to go ahead with the dream of a golden Bangladesh.
The writer is studying at Department of
English, Chittagong University