By Staff Correspondent;
Dhaka – Bangladesh is set to begin a 10-day celebration of its golden jubilee celebration of independence on Wednesday coinciding the 101th birth anniversary of its founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Heads of the states and governments from five South Asian countries are scheduled to join the celebration while many other global leaders are expected to deliver their video messages.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was born on March 17, 1920, as prominent figure in South Asia declared the country’s independence on March 26, 1971 as Bangladesh was part of Pakistan at that time.
His call for independence led to an armed war against Pakistani military junta for nine months and Bangladesh eventually was liberated on December 16, 1971. Neighbouring India supports the Bangladesh’s cause to win the armed struggle.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be present at the inaugural session of the celebration at the National Parade Ground in Dhaka on Wednesday. The Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih is expected to grace the occasion as the guest of honor. Many guests will join the programme virtually.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on March 19 on a two-day tour while Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari is expected to reach Dhaka on a two-day visit on March 22 to join the celebration.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering is scheduled to be in Dhaka for two days on March 24 to be followed by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to be in Dhaka on March 26. Modi, during his two-day trip will also travel outside Dhaka.
Chief Coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said health guidelines will be strictly maintained during the celebration amid the pandemic.
The theme of the 10-day event is ‘Mujib Chirantan’, but separate theme for each day has been taken.
‘Vengechho Duar Esechho Jotirmoy’ is the theme of March 17 while ‘Mohakaler Torjoni’ for March 18 event, ‘Jotokal Robe Padma Jamuna’ for March 19, ‘Tarunner Alokshikha’ for March 20, ‘Dhongsostupe Jiboner Gan’ for March 21 events, ‘Banglar Mati, Amar Mati’ for March 22, ‘Nari Mukti, Sammo o Swadhinata’ for March 23, Santi, Mukti o Manobotar Agrodoot’ for March 24 events, ‘Gonohottar Kalratri o Aloker Avijatra’ for March 25 and ‘Swadhinatar Panchash Bochhor o Agrogotir Subornorekha’ for March 26.
Around 500 guests from both home and abroad will attend events at the National Parade Ground on March 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26.
All the programmes, including the March 18, 20, 21, 23 and 25 ones, will be aired on television channels, online and social media.
President Abdul Hamid will be present at the events on March 17, 22 and 26, while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on March 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26.