16th December is our Victory Day. On this day in 1971, we achieved the ultimate victory through a nine-month long War of Liberation. On the eve of our great victory day, I extend my sincere felicitations and congratulations to my fellow countrymen living at home and abroad.
The significance of the victory day in the context of chequered history of independence is endless and manifold. The historic declaration of the independence by our great leader, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 26 in 1971 became true on this day through attaining the final victory. Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign state in the map of the world on this day. Today, I pay my deep homage to the valiant freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifices in the war of liberation in 1971 for the cause of country’s independence. On this very day, I also recall with profound respect the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who presented us in the world arena as a sovereign nation, shunning all sorts of oppression and repression throughout his life. Today, I also extend my deep gratitude to the valiant freedom fighters, organizers and supporters of the war of liberation and the people from all strata who directly and indirectly made huge contributions towards achieving victory.
This year, the nation is celebrating the 43rd anniversary of victory with huge enthusiasm. The people of Bangladesh is peace and democracy-loving. They want unbroken democratic advancement and development. But the path of democratic practices was not smooth. Over last four decades, our democratic pluralism has been advancing through various ups and downs. Democratic government has now been established in the country. The present government has been implementing various programs aimed at ensuring the well-being of the people. With the commencement of far-reaching development activities, Bangladesh has attained great socio-economic development together with continuous economic growth despite worldwide recession. Our achievements in enriching democracy, empowering women, strengthening local government, development of agriculture, health and education, ensuring food security, developing power and energy, thriving information technology, expansion of women education and ICT etc. have been praised by the world community. Nowadays we are exporting world-class readymade garments, knitwear, frozen foods, jute and leather goods, tea, pharmaceuticals, ceramic items, handicrafts, and ocean going ships to the international market. I am also happy to note that our expatriate community is making significant contributions to our economy by sending their hard-earned foreign currency. I extend my sincere thanks to our wage-earners for their patriotism and contributions to the motherland.
Our foreign policy is being exercised in accordance with the principle of ‘Friendship to all, malice towards none’ as declared by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Our bilateral relations with the international community along with neighboring countries are gradually widening and deepening. I am confident that our relations with other nations would be further consolidated in the days to come. I am happy to note that Bangladesh is closely working with the international community to establish world peace and mitigate the negative impact of global climate change.
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our independence, the present Government has set the ‘Vision 2021’ for transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income country. It is my firm conviction that we would be able to materialize the vision within the stipulated time by utilizing our huge human resources and information technology, Inshallah. On the eve of our victory day, I call upon my fellow countrymen irrespective of party affiliation to contribute more from their respective position towards building our country upholding the objectives and spirit of War of Liberation.
On the occasion of great victory day, it is my expectation that with the concerted efforts of all, Bangladesh will turn into a happy and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla.’
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.