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A day of mourning

  • Published at 06:01 pm August 14th, 2019

It was Bangabandhu’s vision and philosophy that paved the way to the prosperous Bangladesh we now have

August 15, 1975 stands among the darkest chapters in Bangladesh’s history.

On this day, 44 years ago, our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally murdered, along with most of his family.

The events of that fateful night continue to haunt us to this day, and no doubt will continue to remind us how there are those even among our own people who can and will go against the very fundamental values upon which our nation was built.

But we take this day not only to mourn the loss of the man who founded this great nation, but also to recall the vision he had for Bangladesh -- a country that stands as a beacon of progress, of development, of peaceful co-existence, and democratic values.

It is, to a great extent, this vision that has carried us forward as a nation and as a people, and every time we have deviated from it, we have found ourselves in darkness and chaos.

As such, let us take this opportunity to remember the great man that Bangabandhu was, who united a people with his legendary statesmanship and oratory, and guided them towards sovereignty, which we would otherwise have never tasted.

Who knows where Bangladesh would be now if he had not been taken away from us so suddenly and so cruelly, leaving us a people without the torch to light the path forward?

It was Bangabandhu’s vision and philosophy that paved the way to the prosperous Bangladesh we now have.

Let us never forget this and let us as a people work together to build a nation truly worthy of Bangabandhu’s memory, the nation that he dreamed of and the nation that he promised us.

Bangabandhu’s legacy is inextricable from the history of Bangladesh, he stood as a symbol of hope and unity. He was the Father of the Nation, and will continue to be a guiding light for all Bangladeshis, into the future and onward.

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