DHAKA, Dec 15, 2016 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the countrymen for upholding the spirit of the freedom struggle and engaging themselves in the process of building a service-oriented, hunger-poverty-free and a happy-prosperous 'Golden Bangladesh' as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
"Let us come and uphold the development and democratic spree being imbued with the spirit of the freedom struggle. Let us all engage ourselves for building a service-oriented, hunger-poverty-free and a happy-prosperous 'Golden Bangladesh' as dreamt by the Father of the Nation," the premier said in a message on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day.
Recalling the greatest victory achieved on December 16, 1971 under the leadership of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the prime minister said this is the day of the greatest pride for the Bangalee nation.
"Responding to the call of the greatest Bangalee of all time, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Bangalee nation achieved the ultimate victory on this day in 1971 after a 23-year intense political struggle and a 9-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces," she said.
In her message, Sheikh Hasina paid her deep homage to Bangabandhu and recalled with gratitude the four national leaders, and three million martyrs, who sacrificed their lives and two hundred thousand women, who lost their innocence for the cause of our independence.
The prime minister also extended her sincere greetings and 'warm felicitations to the countrymen at home and abroad on the occasion of the Victory Day.
Referring to the long history of freedom struggle, she said Bangalee nation got prepared for independence waging the Language Movement of 1952, the Education Movement of 1962, the 6-point Demand of 1966, 11-point Movement and the Mass Upsurge of 1969 under the undaunted leadership of the Father of the Nation.
The premier noted that the Awami League earned an overwhelming majority in the general elections of 1970 through which Bangalee nation's aspiration for independence got legal basis, Bangbandhu realised that the oppression, persecution and deprivation meted out to the Bangalee nation would not be ended without achieving the independence.
She said ultimately, on the historic March 7 in 1971, Bangabandhu in front of a million of people at the then Race Course Maidan declared that, "This time the struggle is for our freedom, this time the struggle is for the independence". Virtually, from that day the final phase had begun for achieving an independent Bangladesh. The countrywide non-cooperation movement commenced at the directives of Bangabandhu as part of the final preparations of the Liberation War.
Referring to the fateful night of the March 25 in 1971, Sheikh Hasina said the Pakistani occupation forces launched a brutal onslaught and massacred the innocent and unarmed Bangalees. The Father of the Nation declared independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of the 26th March of 1971 resulting in the formal War of Independence.
She said on April 10, 1971 the proclamation of independence was announced by the elected people's representatives and the first Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was formed with the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President, Syed Nazrul Islam as Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmed as Prime Minister.
She reminded that the government was sworn-in on the April 17, 1971 at the historic Mujibnagar in Meherpur to led the war of independence; and the heroic freedom fighters with the help of the allied forces earned the victory on December 16, 1971 by defeating Pakistani occupation forces, the Nation ultimately earned an independent country.
"The heroism and patriotism of the Bangalee nation created a new history in the world", the premier said.
In the message, Sheikh Hasina also referred to the brutal August 15 assassinations saying that as Bangabandhu had engaged himself in the struggle to build a "Golden Bangladesh" reconstructing the war-ravaged country, the anti-liberation forces in collusion with the war criminals assassinated him along with his family members.
She noted that through the heinous killings of the 15th August 1975, the assassins initiated the politics of killings, coup and conspiracy and obstructed the process to try "the killers of Bangabandhu through promulgating Indemnity Ordinance.
"They (assassins) ruined the democracy by declaring Martial Law and formed an illegal government. They defaced the Constitution and gagged the press freedom," the prime minister said.
She said democracy was established after a long struggle and sacrifices in 1996 and Bangladesh became the 'Role Model' in socio-economic development in the world.
"We will turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041, Inshallah," the premier said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)