Fiery March begins today
Published: 10:01 AM, 1 March 2021 Updated: 01:26 PM, 1 March 2021
Today is the first day of March, the month of Independence and the glory of Bengalis. This month will mark the Golden Jubilee or 50th anniversary of Independence. March is the source of energy for many reasons in the life of Bengalis. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the Independence of Bangladesh this month. On the other hand, he was born in Tungipara on the 18th of this month.
March, the month of Bangladesh’s Independence, has come with a different message. Although the Mujib Borsho (Mujib Year) was declared from March 17 last year to March this year, the period has been extended to December this year. March 26 is also the Golden Jubilee of Independence.
The final recommendation of the United Nations for the transition from a least developed country to a developing country has added to this. In the year of the Golden Jubilee of Independence, this recommendation has overwhelmed the nation. This is a great achievement in 50 years of Independence. Considering the Covid-19 situation in the country, various programs will be held at the state, government and private levels this month.
For the Independence of the Motherland, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib had to go through a systematic movement based on specific programs. The situation for declaring Independence started to be created through the Historic 6-Points Movement. Military ruler Ayub Khan collapsed in the great mass uprising in 1969. Then Bangabandhu decided to participate in the 1970 election with the aim of moving forward through a systematic struggle.
Bangabandhu took the 70’s election as a referendum to establish Sonar Bangla of his dream. And on the ballot, he achieved an unexpected victory when the bullets, tanks, cannons of Pakistanis were all despised. In this election, the Bengalis gave him an unprecedented victory in support of Bangabandhu’s six points demand.
On the Shaheed Dibas in ‘71 Bangabandhu said, “The conspiracy is going on to curb the right of Bengali. But seven crore people in Bangla are no longer willing to be deprived. We will give more blood if needed to earn our rights. Today, we have to build a fort in every house in Bengal.”
Warning the Pakistani rulers standing in front of millions of Bengalis at the historic Race Course Grounds on March 7, Bangabandhu said, “You cannot control the seven crore people. When we learn to die, no one can control us. When we sacrificed blood, I would forgo more blood. I will release the people of this country, Insha Allah. This struggle is our liberation struggle, this time the struggle for our freedom. Joy Bangla.”
Even then, the Pakistani governing body continued gerrymanders in various ways. On the night of March 25, the Pak military conducted the massacre named ‘Operation Searchlight’, aiming to stop the Bengalis forever. Thousands of people were killed indiscriminately on the streets of Dhaka. Attacking various educational institutions, including Dhaka University, they killed many student-teacher.
Bangabandhu was arrested from his house after 1:00 am on the night of March 25. Earlier, he declared “The formal Independence of Bangladesh”, in a tactical manner sensing the situation. The next day, many more re-read that declaration of Independence of Bangladesh on behalf of Bangabandhu from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in Chattogram.
The next history is of the prevention of subsequent events. Following the historic call of Bangabandhu, the fort was built from house to house. People from all walks of life joined the Great Liberation War. After a long nine-month bloody war, the nation gained independence by a great victory on December 16.