The nation is set to celebrate the Victory Day tomorrow (December 16), marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women. This year the celebration has reached a new height since the UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March Speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage. Bangabandhu effectively decelerated the country’s independence in a mammoth public rally at Ramna Racecourse ground (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka on March 7, 1971. The speech provided inspiration to the Bengali nation in their quest for freedom and energised freedom fighters for freeing the country through the nine-month War of Liberation. With the immense joyfulness for UNESCO’s recognition and everlasting encouragement of the historic speech, the nation this year will be celebrating the Victory Day with much enthusiasm and fanfare and renewing the vow for safeguarding the country’s independence and upholding persistently the spirit of the War of Liberation. Different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the nation’s glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force. The government has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the Day at the national level on December 16.