Monday, January 9, 2012

Bangabandhu's homecoming day today

The nation observes the historic homecoming day of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today.

On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu returned in an independent country after nine and a half months of captivity in the Pakistan jail and termed his return "a journey from darkness to light".

Pakistani occupation forces arrested the architect of country's independence on March 25, 1971 at his Dhanmondi residence during the late-night crackdown on the people of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) and sent him to the then West Pakistan.

In the wake of the military crackdown, Bangabandhu, who became the undisputed leader of the then Pakistan following the massive victory of his party Awami League in the 1970 general elections, declared independence of Bangladesh through the then EPR wireless.

After the nation earned victory on December 16, 1971 through a nine-month-long war, the then Pakistan junta was compelled to free Bangabandhu -- the icon of Bangladesh's struggle for independence.

The Awami League and different organisations have drawn up elaborate programmes to observe the day.

The programmes include hoisting of national and party flags at the central office of the party, Bangabandhu Bhaban and party offices across the country at 6:30am.

At 7:00am, leaders of AL and its associate bodies would place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Road 32 at Dhanmondi.

Discussions on the glorious political life of Bangabandhu and milad mahfil will also be held at different places including Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 3:00pm. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also chief of ruling AL, will address the discussion as the chief guest.

A team of AL leaders will lay wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj today. A doa and milad mahfil will be held there.