SHOAIB DANIYAL | FOR some time now, the Bharatiya Janata Party has been on the lookout for historical icons. After building an impressive present as India’s largest party, it is only natural that it would now look to construct a notable past. Given the colossal role that the Congress played in the freedom struggle, the…
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed the historic “Mujibnagar Day” to mark the swearing–in of the provisional government of Bangladesh that organised and conducted the nine–month War of Liberation under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The importance of the formation of the provisional government after Bangabandhu was arrested and taken to jail in West Pakistan following the March 25 military crackdown in 1971 was highlighted at a discussion at the mission.
High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali presided over the meeting.
Deputy High Commissioner A.T.M. Rokebul Haque and Minister (Press) Farid Hossain took part in the discussion, which was conducted by Head of Chancery A.F.M. Zahid–Ul–Islam.
Counsellor Jamal Uddin Ahmed read out the Mujibnagar Day message from President Md. Abdul Hamid, while the message from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was read out by Attache (Consular) Farjana Yesmen Tania.
Syed Muazzem Ali paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders, Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Mohammad Quamruzzman, and Capt. Mansur Ali.
He said while Bangabandhu was arrested by the Pakistani military, the four national leaders played a crucial role in mobilising the freedom fighters and the diplomatic support for the cause of Bangladesh’s liberation war.
He also appreciated the all–out support India provided to Bangladesh liberation war.
In Calcutta the Bangladesh deputy high commission observed the day in a discussion programme at Aurobindo Sadan, which served as the headquarters of the provisional government in exile during the eight months of liberation war.
Prime Minister’s political advisor HT Imam recalled those days when he served the provisional government and later the first government of Bangladesh as cabinet secretary.
Veteran journalists Sukhoranjan Dasgupta and Tarun Ganguly recalled the formation of the provisional government at BaidyanathTola which later came to be known as Mujibnagar. ■