Bangladesh Commemorates 47 years of Nationhood

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March 26 marks the commemoration of the Independence day of Bangladesh (Bengali:স্বাধীনতা দিবস Shwadhinata Dibôsh). It commemorates the country's declaration of independence from Pakistan on late hours of 25 March 1971. The day is a memorial to the deaths of thousands of civilians who died in the subsequent Bangladesh Liberation War (Wikipedia, 2018).

Every year, March 26 brings the most tragic reminiscence of the history’s blackest episode that heralded a nine-month bloody ordeal from the night following March 25, 1971 in achieving the long-cherished independence on December 16 the same year at the cost of a sea of blood. The nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained that night. Before he was picked up, he had proclaimed independence.

For 47 years as an independent nation, Bangladesh has already become one of the most dynamic economies in South Asia (Kopf, 2017). According to the Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh’s economy grew by 7.1% in 2016, the fastest expansion in 30 years. Inclusive growth was also promoted, with extreme poverty rates plummeting from 40% in 1991 to just 14% in 2016. This development is attributed to the booming garment industry and the robust NGO sector, which ensured that social programs are being delivered efficiently and jobs are being provided to families.

2018 Celebrations

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Independence Day is commonly associated with parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, ceremonies and various other public and private events celebrating the history and traditions of Bangladesh (Rafid, 21 March 2017). TV and radio stations broadcast special programs and patriotic songs in honor of the Independence Day. Generally, a thirty-one gun salute is conducted in the morning. The main streets are decorated with national flags. Different political parties and socioeconomic organizations undertake programs to mark the day in a befitting manner, including paying respects at Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, the national memorial, at Savar near Dhaka.

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Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman presided over the meeting in his conference room. Freedom Fighters, leaders of Awami League (AL) and other political parties, heads of government departments and educational institutions, representatives of the socio-cultural, professional and voluntary organisations and law enforcement agencies officials took part in the meeting.

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The celebration will begin through heralding 31 gun salutes at Police Lines ground and placing of wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar, Swadhinota Smriti Stambha 'Arjan' and monuments of martyred freedom fighters in the city at zero hours on the day (The Independent, 3 March 2018).

References:

  1. Kopf, D. (28 May 2017). One of the world’s happiest economic stories comes from South Asia, but not India. Retrieved from https://qz.com/964114/the-happiest-economic-story-in-the- world-right-now/
  2. Rafid, R.R. (21 March 2017). The 26th of March: the Emergence of Bangladesh. Retrieved from http://www.thedailystar.net/law-our-rights/the-emergence-bangladesh-1378975
  3. The Independent (3 March 2018). Independence Day Programs in Rangpur. Retrieved from http://www.theindependentbd.com/arcprint/details/139681/2018-03-03
  4. Wikipedia (2018). Independence Day (Bangladesh). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(Bangladesh)

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