August 15 is our National Mourning Day. On this fateful night in 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bangalee of all time, embraced martyrdom. Today is the 39th martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu. I pay my profound homage with heavy heart to the architect of sovereign Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as to the memory of his family members who also embraced martyrdom on that day. I pray to Almighty Allah for the salvation of those departed souls on this Mourning Day.
The 15th August 1975 is regarded as a heart-rending and disgraceful chapter in the history of the Bangalee nation. On this day the undisputed leader and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally assassinated at his Dhanmandi residence by a group of killers with the connivance of anti-liberation forces. His wife Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, farmers’ leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were also assassinated along with Bangabandhu on this day. This brutality is rare in the history of the Bangalee nation as well as in the history of the mankind. The aims of the killers were not only to kill Bangabandhu but also to annihilate the ideals of the war of liberation and reinstate the defeated forces.
The contribution of Bangabandhu in our national history is of paramount and ceaseless. Under his able and courageous leadership the Bangalee nation achieved long-awaited independence. Starting from the historic Language Movement in 1952, Bangabandhu led the nation at every struggle and movement including the movement against Martial Law in ’58, Six-Point Movement in ’66 and Mass Upsurge in ’69 towards attaining the right to self-determination and fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the masses. He, therefore, had to go to jail for several times and had to face inhuman sufferings. This great leader finally declared country’s independence on March 26 in 1971 after inspiring our people with the spirit of the Bangalee nationalism over two decades. Bangladesh therefore emerged as a sovereign state in the world map. Bangabandhu and Bangladesh is thus synonymous. The assassins though killed the Father of the Nation yet they could not wipe out the principle and belief of Bangabandhu. I am confident that the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will remain ever shining in the mind of millions of Bangalees so long as the country and its people will stay alive.
The trial of Bangabandhu’s assassins had been completed in 2010 after 35 years of assassination. Today the nation is rather free from stigma. Now we should take all out initiatives to bring the death-sentenced fugitives back to the country in order to execute the verdict.
Bangabandhu cherished a dream of making a ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bengal) throughout his life. Therefore, it is our utmost responsibility to materialise his dream by putting our concerted efforts. Let us pledge to do our best to complete the unfinished task of Bangabandhu in building a Sonar Bangla. In this way we can pay our deep homage to this greatest son of the soil.
On the National Mourning Day, let us translate our grief into strength and devote ourselves to build a prosperous Bangladesh.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.