Historic 6-Point Day observed
Published: 09:11 PM, 7 June 2021
Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, the chief coordinator of the National Implementation Committee Celebrating the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman paid homage to the mural of Bangabandhu at the premises of the International Mother Language Institute on the occasion of the historic 6-point day on Monday; Photo: PID
The historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, has been observed today (on Monday) across the country in various arrangements in compliance with the hygiene rules.
On the eve of the day, The National Flag and the party flags were hoisted at Bangabandhu Bhaban, central office and Awami League party offices across the country on Monday.
On the day, the central leaders of Awami League paid homage to the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Bhaban premises in the morning.
The party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader also paid homage to the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi No. 32 in the capital.
At that time, Obaidul Quader said 7 June is the historic milestone on the path of our great freedom. On 5 February 1966, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the symbol of the then centralized power and hope of Bengal, announced this 6-point proposal in Lahore and came to Bangladesh and started campaigning for the 6-point demand.
At that time, he referred to the 6-point as the certificate of the liberation of Bengalees known as the “Magna Carta in Bangladesh”.
He said the Bengalees’ right for independence turned into a struggle for independence through the 6-point demand. Therefore, June 6 is the most important milestone in our freedom struggle. We can identify this as a milestone that changes speech.
“On this historic day, Bangabandhu took an oath to build a Sonar Bangla. One of the goals of the 6 points was the independence of Bengalees, the other was liberation. Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, we have achieved independence, we have achieved victory,” said Obaidul Quader.
Awami League presidium members Matia Chowdhury, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Shahjahan Khan, Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Hasan Mahmud, Organizing Secretary BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Science and Technology Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua, Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan and others were present.
The National Implementation Committee Celebrating the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on the other hand, paid homage to the mural of Bangabandhu at the premises of the International Mother Language Institute on the occasion of the historic 6-point day. Wreaths were laid under the leadership of Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, the chief coordinator of the committee.
It is to be mentioned that on June 7 in 1966, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a massive movement against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of the 6-point demand, the Magna Carta of the Bengalis demanding autonomy for the then East Pakistan.
Eleven people, including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque, were gunned down by the police and paramilitary EPR on June 7, 1966, in Dhaka and Narayanganj during a hartal called for the release of Bangabandhu and other leaders detained for launching the Six-Point Movement against the then barbaric ruling clique.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched his historic six-point political and economic programme in Lahore on February 5 in 1966, aiming at attaining greater autonomy for the then East Pakistan in the backdrop of exploitation and discrimination by the then Pakistani rulers.
The six-point demands were - creating provision in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore Resolution, the federal government will deal with only two subjects: Defence and Foreign Affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.