On the eve of our great Independence and National Day, I extend my heartfelt greetings and felicitations to the fellow countrymen living at home and abroad.
The great Independence Day is a glorious one in our national life. On this historic day, I recall with profound respect Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who proclaimed country’s independence on March 26, 1971 after inspiring the whole nation with Bangalee nationalism and preparing them for independence for over two decades facing various ups and downs . Under his leadership, we achieved our long-cherished independence through a nine-month long armed struggle and manifold forbearance and patience. Today, I recall with deep gratitude the heroic martyrs who made supreme sacrifices in the war of liberation for achieving our independence. I also recall with deep reverence our four National Leaders; valiant freedom-fighters, organizers, supporters and people from all walks of life for their unmatched contributions and courageous role that accelerated the process of our victory. The contributions of those valiant sons would be written in golden letters in the history of our independence forever.
One of the prime objectives of our hard-earned independence was to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh. Keeping that in mind, the Government is making untiring efforts in materializing the objectives of independence. In the meantime, we have achieved some significant progress in the fields of agriculture, education, health, rural infrastructure, communication, energy and power, trade & commerce, ICT, SME sectors. It is notable that country has attained food-sufficiency owing to huge development in agriculture. We have also been able to export food grains in a small scale. The pace of advancement in the sector of youth & sports, women and children along with empowerment of women is continuing. Maternal and child mortality rate has been reduced and life expectancy rate has simultaneously been raised. At the same time we have also attained remarkable development in private sector including the area of readymade garments, pharmaceuticals, ceramic and ship-building industry. Country’s financial sector along with Bank and Insurances has been expanded. Bangladesh is now being branded as a role model of development in the outside world. Our achievement in international arena is also commendable. Bangladeshi Peacekeepers, under the auspices of the United Nations, have brightened the country’s image abroad presenting their professionalism and competence. Our expatriate Bangladeshis have also been making significant contributions to our national economy through sending their hard-earned remittances. Nevertheless, we have to go a long way for achieving the desired goals of independence. I believe that sincere and concerted efforts from all strata irrespective of party affiliation are imperative to reach the goals.
The people of our country are democratic and peace loving. They do not support violence including militancy and terrorism. We should keep in mind that the overall development of the country would not be attained without functioning and institutionalizing democracy. Continuous practise for democratic norms and values, maintaining tolerance and fortitude and showing mutual respect are the preconditions for thriving democracy. Therefore, we have to maintain patience, self-restraint, forbearance along with showing respect to others’ opinion in a democratic pluralism. Let us make our Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) a centre of discussion to resolve all national issues. I am confident that everyone would play one’s responsible role from respective position in fulfilling the desired goals of independence and hopes and aspirations of our people. The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman cherished a dream of transforming Bangladesh into Sonar Bangla. The present Government has taken up a ‘Vision 2021’ for materializing the dream into reality. It is my expectation that people from all strata would contribute to build an IT-based happy and prosperous Bangladesh through implementing the vision by the golden jubilee celebration of our independence.
On this auspicious day of independence I urge all, living at home and abroad, to work unitedly imbued with the spirit of war of liberation to expedite overall development and democratic advancement of the country.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.