PM extends greetings to countrymen on Victory Day
Publish | 16 Dec 2021, 13:53
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has extended her greetings and warm felicitations to the country's people on the occasion of the 51th Victory and National Day.
“I extend my heartiest greetings and congratulations to the countrymen on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of our great victory,” the premier said in a message issued here today.
"The 16th December is our great Victory Day. Bangladesh has completed 50 years of her victory. This is a glorious day of the Bangalee nation. Responding to the clarion call of the Greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Bangalee nation achieved ultimate victory on this day in 1971 after 23 years of intense political struggles and 9 months of blood-shedding War of Liberation,” she said.
She recalled with deep gratitude Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She also paid her tributes to four national leaders, three million martyrs, two hundred thousand dishonoured women of the War of Liberation and the greatest sons of the soil- the Freedom Fighters whose supreme sacrifices made independent-sovereign Bangladesh.
She recalled with gratitude those foreign states and friends who had extended their support during our Liberation War.
“On the occasion of the 'Mujib Year' marking the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation and Golden Jubilee of our victory, colorful programs have been chalked out,” she said.
In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, the programs are being celebrated following the health protocols avoiding public gathering, she said.
Under the undaunted leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the Bangalee nation got prepared for independence through Language Movement of 1948-'52, Education Movement of 1962, Six-point Demand of 1966 and Eleven-point Movement and Mass Upsurge of 1969, she added.
Hasina went on saying that the Awami League (AL) secured an absolute majority in whole Pakistan in the general elections of 1970.
“However, Pakistanis did not allow the Bangalee nation to assume power,” she continued.
The Father of the Nation realized that the oppression, persecution and deprivation meted out to the Bangalee nation would not be ended without achieving independence, she said, adding that accordingly, on the historic 7 March of 1971, he (Bangabandhu) in front of a million of people at the then Race Course Maidan firmly pronounced, 'The struggle this time is a struggle for our emancipation, the struggle this time is a struggle for independence'.
“At the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, country-wide non-cooperation movement began. Preparation for waging armed struggle also continued,” Sheikh Hasina added.
On the fateful night of 25 March of 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces launched a brutal onslaught and committed genocide on the innocent and unarmed Bangalees, the premier said.
“At the early hours of 26 March, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib declared independence of Bangladesh. Formal War of Independence started,” she said.
She went on saying that the first government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President, Syed Nazrul Islam as the Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmad as the Prime Minister was sworn-in on 17 April at the historic Mujibnagar and led the Liberation War.
“The valiant freedom fighters earned ultimate victory on 16 December by defeating Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators- Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Sham. We have gotten our red-green flag,” she added.
She further said that in just three and a half years of his government, the Father of the Nation rebuilt the war-ravaged country.
Destroyed roads, bridges, culverts, railways, ports were rebuilt to revive the economy, she said, adding that in just 10 months, the country’s constitution was drafted on the basis of the spirit of Liberation War under his direction.
In 1975, the GDP growth rate exceeded 9 percent, she said, adding that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib turned war-ravaged Bangladesh into a least developed country.
“While Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was advancing to build an exploitation-deprivation-free non communal democratic 'Sonar Bangla' overcoming all obstacles, the anti-liberation forces brutally killed him along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975,” she said.
“After the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the development and progress of Bangladesh came to a halt. The politics of killing, coup and conspiracy started,” she continued.
She further said that the assassins and their accomplices promulgated the 'Indemnity Ordinance' to block the trial of this heinous murder in the history.
Getting the public mandate in 1996, Bangladesh Awami League formed the government after 21 years, she said, adding:” After assuming the office, we took initiatives to establish Bangladesh as a dignified state in the comity of nations.”
Through the introduction of social safety-net programs, poor and marginalized people are brought under government allowances, she added.
“We made the country self-sufficient in food production with special emphasis on agricultural production. The Ganges Water Sharing Treaty was signed with India in 1996. We signed the historic Peace Accord in 1997 with the aim of establishing peace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. By repealing the ‘Indemnity Ordinance', we started the trial of Bangabandhu Murder Case,” Sheikh Hasina said.
Forming governments for the three consecutive terms since 2009, Bangladesh Awami League has relentlessly been working for the last 13 years to improve the living standard of the people, she added.
“We are implementing the unfinished works of the Father of the Nation. Today, Bangladesh is self-reliant in food production. We are now focusing on ensuring nutrition for the people,” the premier said.
“Our sovereign rights over a vast area in the Bay of Bengal have been established through the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes with Myanmar and India. The implementation of the Bangladesh-India Land Boundary Agreement has put an end to the protracted inhuman life of the enclave people,” she continued.
She said that the nation has become free from stigma by executing the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case.
“The trial of four national leaders has been accomplished. The trial of war criminals continues and the verdicts are being executed,” she added.
“We have formulated the Second Perspective Plan for 2021-2041 and are executing the 8th Five-Year Plan. We have started implementation of 100-year “Delta Plan-2100' for the first time in the world,” she said.
“Today, the benefits of Digital Bangladesh' have been expanded from urban to remote rural level. The urban facilities are being delivered to every village. All landless-homeless people are being provided houses. No one of Bangladesh will be left homeless,” she said.
“To keep the economy going offsetting the impacts of Coronavirus, we have so far announced 28 stimulus packages worth Tk 1,31,641 crore. A total of 99.75 percent people has been brought under electricity coverage. Per capita income increased to 2,554 US$ now from 543 US$ in 2005-06,” the premier added.
She further said that the present government has made incredible progress in every sector of the country.
Bangladesh is now a 'Role Model' in every field of socio-economic development including agriculture, education, health, communication, information technology, industry, trade and commerce, she added.
Bangladesh has received the final approval of the United Nations to graduate from a least developed country to a dignified 'developing' nation, Hasina said.
“Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib elevated Bangladesh to a 'least developed country, and we took the motherland to the row of a developing' state on the auspicious occasion of 'Mujib Year' and the Golden Jubilee of our victory,” she continued.
“Everything we have achieved in the last 50 years since our Independence has been attained by the Father of the Nation and the Awami League,” she said.
She hoped that if this trend of development continues, Bangladesh will be established as a hunger-poverty-free and developed-prosperous country by 2041 as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib.
The establishment of the nation-state ‘Bangladesh' through the victory of the War of Liberation on 16 December 1971 was the greatest achievement of the Bangalee nation, she said.
“To make this achievement meaningful, we have to know and let people know about the Greatest Hero of Independence Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and the War of Liberation,” the premier said.
“We will convey the spirit of the great Liberation War from generation to generation- let this be our pledge on this auspicious occasion of the Golden Jubilee of our victory,” she continued.