Thoughts on a Dark Day in Bangladesh’s History

On the Anniversary of the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Tariq Ahmed Karim, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India published some thoughts on the nature of the events of 35 years ago whose repercussions are being felt even now.

Sheikh Mujib Rahman Signing the Constitution

Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman signing the Constitution of Bangladesh into law on December 16, 1972.

The date August 15th, 1975 was the darkest hour for all Bangladeshis and a blot on the history of Bangladesh. On this day, a group of legally armed personnel accompanied by the forces of evil, brutally killed the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Even most of his family members and relatives were not spared in the dastardly act. The anti-liberation and anti-Bangladesh forces thereafter joined hands together and started their sinister efforts to destroy the democratic and secular fabric of Bangladesh. The state-sponsored distortion of history was institutionalized and led to the creation of political and religious mafia and militants…

… A new generation has shaken free from the deliberately and maliciously stoked identity crisis finally. They have spoken, loudly, clearly and in unequivocal terms, in the national parliamentary elections of December 2008, demanding that the wrongs of the past be addressed and fixed once and for all. This is a collective catharsis that the nation needs to undergo, in order to move forward to state consolidation and progress. This is perhaps the last opportunity for the nation to stand on its own feet with dignity and pride on the firm grounds of the secular values and democratic ideals that our society has adhered to and cherished for eons. Only then will the soul of Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangalee of all time, finally rest in peace. Only then shall Bangladeshis completely regain their self-respect in their own eyes.

On this day of national mourning, we pay our deepest respect to the Father of the Nation and the countless martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be independent as a nation and live as free people. Today, we pledge to correct the distortions wreaked upon history in national and international spheres. We pledge to unite and not allow anyone to undermine our secular legacy, our democracy, our independence or our inalienable right to live as we wish to.

Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu, May Bangladesh Live Forever,

Tariq A. Karim
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

read the full article at The Times of India