Today is the Great Victory Day, an unforgettable glorious day of a thousand years of bravery and valor of the Bengali nation. A day to make a debut as a nation of heroes. The day when an independent land called Bangladesh was named on the world map.
Due to the election of the 12th Parliament, the parade is not being held at the National Parade Ground on the Great Victory Day. However, the remaining events will be held across the country including the capital. The police say that even if there is no threat of vandalism around Victory Day, law and order forces will be on maximum alert.
Meanwhile, the Savar National Memorial is set to pay tribute to the brave martyrs. The beautification work is over. Security has been strengthened. The entire area has been brought under CCTV to ensure smooth celebrations. Along with strengthening security, intelligence surveillance has been increased. After washing, there are paint scratches on the stairs and other structures. The green area of the monument is covered with spring flowers. After paying tributes to the President and the Prime Minister on the Great Victory Day, the memorial area will be opened to the general public.
The language movement from 1948 to 1952 under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the six points of 1966, the mass uprising of 1969, the historic speech of March 7, 1971, when the genocide began on March 25, Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence in the early hours of March 26, the formation of the Mujibnagar government on April 17 and the bloodshed. Freedom was gained in exchange of the sacrifice of 3 million martyrs and 2 million mothers and sisters through the liberation war. On December 16, 1971, the final victory was achieved through the surrender of the Pak Army. Today is the 52nd anniversary of victory.
At the national level, the day will be started by firing 31 cannons in Dhaka on this day. As the sun rises, President Md. Sahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at Savar National Memorial. After that, in the presence of the Minister of Liberation War Affairs, Vir Shreshtha family, war wounded freedom fighters and brave freedom fighters will offer wreaths.
Foreign diplomats stationed in Bangladesh, invited members of the Indian Army who participated as members of the Allied Forces in the Liberation War and people from all walks of life including various political and social organizations will pay tribute to the freedom fighters martyred in the Great Liberation War by offering wreaths.
The President and the Prime Minister gave separate messages on the occasion. Newspapers will publish special articles highlighting the significance of the day. On this occasion, the electronic media will broadcast various programs based on the Liberation War for a month. Special prayers and worship will be organized in religious institutions for peace, prosperity and progress of the country. High quality food will be served in orphanages, old age homes, hospitals, jails, child development centers and similar institutions. All the children’s parks and museums in the country will be open to the public without tickets and cinema halls will show films based on the Liberation War for free.
On December 16, 1971, the Bengali nation broke the shackles of subjugation and tasted freedom for the first time. After 24 years of nag, a new sunrise appeared in the fortunes of the nation. The blood glow of the morning sun spreads from this part of Bangladesh to the other part. A sound in unison spread the new message ‘JOY BANGLA’ Bengal’s victory, the sun has risen in the eastern horizon, the blood is red, the blood is red, the blood is red.
The exhilaration of Mahamukti enlivens the nation with a new joy on this day. Deprived Bengalis, who have been exploited for ages, move forward with tears of joy and iron determination. Dots of dreams finally meet in the estuary of life. Biswa Kabir’s Sonar Bangla, Nazrul’s Bangladesh, Jibanananda’s Rupsi Bangla, Ruper’s Tahar Neiko End, Bangladesh is my Bangladesh. Bengali should find his own identity.
At the final stage of the cultural and socio-economic life and development of the original Bengali, the bravery of the Bengali should burn once again. The first fire broke out on February 21, 1952. The demand of the language movement and the fisted hands of the maddened masses became one on that day in the fire of Fagun. The first sacrifice for the language was observed by the world with astonishment. Since then, the struggle to break the shackles of Bengali began.
At the very beginning of the reckoning with the Pakistanis, the Bengalis started their struggle for existence with bloodshed. Sirajddaula, who was lost in Amr Kanan of Palashi, reappeared in the form of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a commander in this battle. The fire that burned in the capital city of Dhaka in 1952, that fire gradually started spreading all over the country. The fire burning in the heart of a Bengali should continue to flow among thousands of Bengalis.
At the end of sixty-two, seventy-nine and seventy-one, the Bengali nation sat down to count. Pakistanis are not sitting in the reckoning and debts. They also began to calculate how the Bengali nation could be kept under the shackles of subjugation for ages. For them this ornament is the best Bengali deserves. The ticking sound of the clock indicates that it is time to finish the calculations.
Finally, the diamond tool rose from the deep black darkness. On March 7, 1971, Bangabandhu Vajrakantha, the poet of the era and the author of the epic poem, declared, ‘This struggle is our liberation struggle, this struggle is the struggle for freedom. When I have given blood, I will give more, but I will leave this country free, God willing.’ Bengali can get true guidance in this single utterance. Bengali started preparing for the final fight. Bengali understands that the time for the final bite is imminent.
Pakistanis are not sitting anymore. On March 25, seventy-one pounced on the sleeping nation with lethal weapons aimed at stifling the entire nation. The Bengali Massacre begins. The smell of corpses in the air, the sky filled with gunpowder and smoke. This is like a ghost town. The vulture’s claws in the sky, the lamentation of the endangered people below. Oh Bangladesh. One is Bangladesh. This is like a burning crematorium. But it is true that piles of bones and skulls are sedimented one day.
The freedom-crazed Bengal boys took up arms one day saying that they would steal the blood of freedom from the sun. Students, teachers, intellectuals, farmers, workers, blacksmiths, potters all participate in this struggle. Every freedom fighter’s weapon gets sharper as days pass. Keeping the goal fixed, the brave Bengali went forward with determination to defeat the enemy. International support for the Bengali independence movement was already evident. Neighboring India also got involved in the battle of fate of Bengalis. December came to the final stage of this war.
Finally ending the nightmare of 9 months, a new dawn has come in the life of the Bengali nation. With the sunrise on December 16, the inevitable victory of the liberation war began. Through this came the desired freedom of a thousand years. The Bengali nation gained the right to control its destiny on this day. The blood of 30 lakh martyrs and the honor of 2 lakh raped mothers and sisters gave independence in Bengali life.