By - Dr. Rashid Askari

The history of our Liberation War has undergone huge distortion at the hands of vested quarters and political governments. The politically partisan intellectuals held repeated post-mortems of history to use it in their respective favour. This tug of war with our history has caused serious harm to our national integrity. The impressionable young generation has been the worst victim of this. They are confused with the frequent changes in the historical accounts, which are in a state of flux in keeping with the change of the governments. This long-drawn-out hostility between the two major rival parties, Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), revolves around their two political idols — Mujib and Zia. And the bone of contention is primarily centred on the declaration of Independence.

By - Dr. M. Waheeduzzaman (Manik)

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born on March 17, 1920 at Tungipara in the then Faridpur district. Despite the fact that he was an extraordinary political leader who had spent more than twelve years in jail for articulating the legitimate grievances of his people against the then Pakistani ruling elite, he became a victim of a brutal massacre on August 15, 1975. The bullet-ridden dead body of the Father of the Nation was most dishonorably buried by the murderers at Tungipara.

The people of a green delta were with their utmost dedication to be named as an independent nation in the world. All that remained in their heart was soon to issue at lips. It was the afternoon of 7 March 1971 – the time a nation was to declare what it had to. And it was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, undisputed leader of the Bangalee nation, chief of the Awami League and majority leader in the newly elected Pakistan national assembly, to speak up these words as he stepped up to the dais at the Race Course (today’s Suhrawardy Udyan).

15th August is the day of national mourning. It’s a day when all beings of whole Bengal, even the nature drop tears. Because, this day of August, back in 1975 it seemed like this rainy August and brutal bloodshed of Bangabandhu were the representation of the weeping of the sky itself crying out of extreme grievance.

1920: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born to a respectable Muslim family on March 17th, 1920, in Tungipara village under the then Gopalganj subdivision of Faridpur district .He was the third child among the four daughters and two sons of Sheikh Luthfur Rahman and Saira Begum.

Author : Junaidul Haque

IT was Friday, August 15, 1975. It was one of the most tragic days of our history. It reminded us of the dark night of March 25, 1971. The Father of the Nation, loved and respected in Bangladesh and the world over as a great hero, lay dead on the stairs of his famous residence at Road Number 32, Dhanmandi Residential Area. He was only fifty-five.

Following is the chronology of the protracted legal process of Bangladesh’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination:

August 15, 1975 - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most of his family members in a predawn putsch, which also topples the post independence Awami League government.

Govt goes for execution 14 hours after review petition rejected; bodies sent to their village homes with police escort.

Five condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were hanged early today at Dhaka Central Jail amid tight security. The death sentences of the five were executed around 14 and a half hours after the Appellate Division dismissed their pleas to review the Supreme Court verdict that confirmed capital punishment to 12 former army officers including the five petitioners on November 19 last year.

- Bangladesh Supreme Court

In the early dawn of 15th August, 1975 the then president and the founding father of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh , Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the members of his family, excepting two daughters, in the official residence of the then President at Road No. 3, Dhanmondi R/A, were killed.

Author: Rehman Sobhan, Dhaka Tribune, August 15, 2013

During March 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assertion of the right to self-rule made him one of the most globally visible personalities of the Third World.

After nearly 42 years of existence as an independent nation state there is a tendency to take our nationhood for granted. This comfortable belief is however an injustice. Bangladesh emerged under unique circumstances, which even today are influencing our national politics.

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