A written copy of the declaration made by Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at mid night on the 26th March 1971.

"Pakistani armed forces suddenly EPR at Peelkana & Police barrack at Rajarbagh from 0000 hrs 26 March killing lacs of unarmed people. A strong battle going on with EPR and Police forces in the streets of Dacca. People are fighting gallantry with enemy forces for the freedom of Bangla Desh. Every section of the people of Bangla Desh are asked to resist enemy forces at any cost in every corner of Bangla Desh.

May Allah bless you & help you."

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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares region independent, CBS news, Mar 26, 1971.

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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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