Mournful August begins
Published: 01:03 AM, 1 August 2020 Updated: 08:40 AM, 1 August 2020
The month of mourn August has come again after a year with the bloodiest history of the brutal assassination of father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his family and nearest relatives. Today is the 1st day of August. On the fateful night of August 15, 1975, the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members is the most heinous and brutal massacre in the history of human civilization and the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history.
The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends, and relatives. They included Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, Bangabandhu’s brother Sheikh Naser, brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, nephew and eminent journalist Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni, his pregnant wife Arzoo Moni and military secretary Colonel Jamil.
Bangabandhu’s two daughters – eldest daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana – escaped the planned assassination as they were visiting Germany at that time.
The killing of Bangabandhu, the greatest son of the soil in a thousand years, descended a pall of gloom and spread a sense of deep sadness among the people in the country and across the globe. The world protested and condemned the killing, saying it is an irreparable loss to millions of people in Bangladesh.
The month of August is also black marked with another conspiracy of assassination. The nation cannot ever forget the heinous attempt of killing Sheikh Hasina through grenade attacks. The vested quarter, who assassinated Bangabandhu in 1975, also tried to destroy Awami League (AL) by killing its president Sheikh Hasina with grenades on an anti-terrorism rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21 in 2004.
Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack suffering splinter injuries when 24 of her party men, including Awami League’s women’s affairs secretary Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others injured.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has inspired the entire Bengali nation with all his feelings, sacrifice, struggle, heroic leadership, indomitable desire, firm conviction, deep love for the Bengali nation, affection, political foresight and ideals and immersed him in the ultimate self-sacrifice for independence.
The mass uprising of '69, the absolute victory of the 'Awami League' in the elections of '70 and the various events that made history led to the ultimate goal of achieving the independence of the Bengali nation. In the historic speech of Bangabandhu on March 7, 1971, the Bengali nation was united on the path of freedom struggle. When Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26, the armed liberation war began. Bangladesh's independence was achieved through 9 months of the bloody liberation war.
In mourning August, the Awami League and its allies, fraternal and various socio-cultural-political organizations united in solidarity with the entire nation and announced a month-long program to observe it with due dignity, respect, love and solemnity.
Like in the previous years, different political and socio-cultural organizations, including the ruling Awami League and its associate bodies have chalked out month-long programs to observe the month of mourning to recall once again the most brutal assassination in its history and renew the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty.
This year, the nation will observe the National Mourning Day and the 45th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader have urged all-level party leaders and activists and associate bodies as well as political, cultural and social organizations to observe the day with solemnity, maintaining the social distancing in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also urged all the party units, including metropolitan, district, upazila, municipality, and union, to observe the month of mourning coinciding with the central programs.
Awami Swechchasebak League (ASL) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will start the month-long mourning programs by bringing out a torch procession in the city streets marching towards Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in the city in the early hours today.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will inaugurate voluntary blood donation, plasma collection and tree plantation programs virtually to be organized by Swechchasebak League in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at 3 pm.
Dhaka south and north units of AL will hold a special doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of 15 August martyrs after the prayers of Eid-ul-Azha.
Marking Sheikh Kamal’s birthday, on August 5, homage will be paid to Sheikh Kamal by placing wreaths at the portrait of Kamal on the Abahani Club premises at Dhanmondi at 9am and at his grave at Banani graveyard at 10am in the city and doa and milad mahfil will be organized on the day.
Dhaka south and north city units of AL will hold a discussion on August 30 while Chhatra League will hold another discussion on August 31, marking the National Mourning Day.