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A day of mourning?

  • Published at 09:08 pm March 25th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:52 am March 26th, 2017
A day of mourning?

I am gathering courage to express an opinion as a citizen of the country. It is nothing new -- I have said this in an interview on Voice of America a few years ago.

But today, I would like my opinion to be known to a wider audience.

Everyone knows now that March 25 is probably going to be observed as Genocide Day. That is alright.

But when on March 26, 1971 the whole country was drowning in pain and sorrow, how can that day be called our Independence Day?

It is true that the genocide, beginning on March 26, 1971, inspired the nation to fight for its independence. But seeking independence and earning it are not the same thing

March 26, as I see it, should have been our “National Mourning Day.”

It is true that the genocide, beginning on March 26, 1971, inspired the nation to fight for its independence. But seeking independence and earning it are not the same thing.

We were truly independent on December 16, 1971. And so, that day should have been our Independence Day, not March 26.

Unfortunately, my husband, Martyr Professor Munier Chowdhury, was not able to witness that independence.

Lily Chowdhury is the wife of Munier Chowdhury.