by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka ;
Dhaka – The nation pays homage to the martyred liberation heroes as Bangladesh celebrates the golden jubilee of its independence.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed floral wreaths at the national mausoleum in Savar as a mark of respect to those laid their life for the cause of liberation.
On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the face of a genocide launched by the Pakistani military on unarmed civilians, announced Bangladesh’s independence that led to a nine-month bloody war.
Pakistani military arrested Bangabandhu soon after he announced independence.
The war ended on December 16, 1971 left 3 million people killed, 200,000 women harassed and numerous homes torched.
Bangladesh’s Independence golden jubilee celebration coincided with the celebration of birth centenary of Bangabandhu Mujib. Five heads of states and governments from South Asian countries joined the celebration.
Leaders from other parts of the world also were connected to the celebration through virtual platforms.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive on Friday morning to join the 10-day festival at the fag end. Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih joined the programme on March 17.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering joined the grand celebration in Dhaka.
The government has taken elaborate programmes maintaining the health guidelines in view of the global pandemic coronavirus to celebrate the 51th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.
The day is a public holiday.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted people.
People from all walks of life, including families of Bir Shreshthas, war wounded freedom fighters, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of different political parties, social, cultural and professional bodies, will also lay wreaths at the national memorial in the morning of the day.
The day began with heralding a 50-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of respect to the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted Independence in 1971.
The national flag was flown atop all government, semi-government, autonomous and private buildings with sunrise. Dhaka’s streets were decorated with national and multi-coloured miniature flags and festoons.
Important establishments and city streets and islands was also illuminated with colourful lights.
Liberation War based documentaries and movies will be screened at cinema halls across the country.
Reception will be accorded to freedom fighters and the members of martyred freedom fighters at city, zilla and upazila levels, while Bangladesh Postal Office will publish commemorating postal stamps.