| March 25th, 2007

March 26 – Independence Day of Bangladesh

Jahanara Imam, Photo: Mufti Munir, AdhunikaJoin us paying homage to our war heroes and in celebrating Independence Day of Bangladesh.

March 26 – the day Independence of Bangladesh was formally declared on the eve of a 9 month long war of Independence with Pakistan that led to the emergence of Bangladesh as a sovereign nation. After many years of exploitation, both politically and economically, the Bengali national sentiments led to the massive victory of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Awami League in the Pakistan National Elections of 1970. The ruling oligarchs in the then West Pakistan balked at having to give up the reigns of power to East Pakistanis. They stalled the installation of the newly elected parliament, and on the dark night of March 25, 1971 embarked on a genocidal reign of terror aimed at extinguishing all signs of Bengali nationalism. In the face of this, the inevitable declaration of independence was proclaimed, and the fight was on for the people of Bangladesh to achieve independence, at a terrible price of 3 million people killed by the marauding armies of Pakistan.  (Source: http://www.virtualbangladesh.com/history/)

Picture of Jahanara Imam (May 3, 1929 – June 26, 1994)who was a writer and political activist. She is most widely remembered for her endeavor to bring war criminals of the Bangladesh Liberation War to trial. (Photo by Late Mufti Munir)

(More on Jahanara Imam)

 

2 Responses to “March 26 – Independence Day of Bangladesh”

  1. Sharmin says:

    This piece, Tales of Endurance and Courage
    on participation of Women during our liberation war very encouraging.
    Here is a link:
    http://www.drishtipat.org/1971/war-aasha.html

    Another one in Prothom Alo,
    http://www.prothom-alo.org/mcat.news.details.php?nid=MzE4MTA=&mid=NA==

  2. Encouraging stuff. just dont stop here, carry on. so many young ones are still in the dark about what really happened and who’s who. Its us who are gonna tell them it was not only about boom and bang. It was a bloody war. good luck

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