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Bangabandhu's Assassination

Stopped Development Process For Years

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Md Muzibur Rahman :
The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15th August, 1975 is a tragedy for the nation. The man who sacrificed his life for the independence of Bangladesh was killed by some derailed army officers - an unacceptable incident to any civilized nation. Bangabandhu still remains as an un-parallel leader in the history of Bangladesh and the best Bangalee of thousands of years recognized by the world community.
The struggle of Bangabandhu from 1947-1971 was the struggle against injustice, for freedom of a nation (Bangladesh) from the colonial rules of the then Pakistan. He was jailed for 17 years in his life. In every event -- in 1948 and 1952 for language movement, election in 1954, role of leadership during the rule of military dictator Field Marshal Ayub Khan in 1958, the 6-point demand of 1966, the mass upsurge of 1969, election of 1970, early days of 1971 -- he played a winning role for inspiring the nation towards independence. His outstanding leadership and organizing capacity in the early days of 1971, speech of 7th March, 1971, declaration of independence in the night of 25th March, 1971 -- made all possible to be an independent nation later i.e. in the 16th December of 1971.
Our freedom fighters fought bravely 9 months (March-December) against the West Pakistani junta by his inspiration. We got independence on 16th December, 1971. Bangabandhu returned home from Pakistan jail in the 10th January, 1972 and engaged himself to rebuild and re-construction the nation. Big infrastructures like bridges, culverts, roads and communication were damaged, ravaged and destroyed by the Pakistan army and their collaborators. He was busy with organizing the nation, busy with repair, reconstruction of those establishments.  He was trying best to strengthen ties with neighboring countries and with other nations of the world. Bangladesh's constitution was made by his qualitative leadership, direction, farsighted knowledge, experience and wisdom. He was cooperating, liaison, connecting with world's nation realizing the positive opinion in favor of Bangladesh and for immediate recognition as an independent state.
Bangabandhu was pursuing for Bangladesh to be the member United Nation (UN) and other world bodies like Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Non-align movement of Commonwealth states and other regional and international financial institutions. He travelled many countries including Middle-East, South Africa, America and Asia for seeking investment and humanitarian aid, for his war ravaged Bangladesh in His tenure as Bangladesh's President/Prime Minister. He successfully managed world opinion in favor of Bangladesh and that is why Bangladesh won the membership of UN body in 1974. There was a dangerous flood in the country in 1974 that caused a famine all over the country. Bangabandhu was trying to help the nation by his all diplomatic efforts seeking humanitarian aid and assistance.

When he was formulating policies, identifying the problems, prospects and potentialities of the nations and taking steps one after another for the development and construction, then he and his family members were brutally killed by some unruly military personnel in the late hour of the 15th August, 1975 who were ambitious of possessing illegal power. It was a domestic and international conspiracy against our nation and our people so that Bangladesh cannot get ready for rapid development in near future. Our law and Constitution do not support any form of killing and massacre. This unkind, inhuman activity, which had happened in the 15th August, totally destroyed the development efforts of Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi nation had lost a great friend and Father of the Nation -- a great patriot of the country. After the assassination of Bangabandhu, when our ministers went abroad for any travel or a tour or for any official assignment and introduced them as Bangladeshi Ministers, the foreigners revoked them saying, "the Ministers of a country who killed their Father of the Nation." The brutal killing of Bangabandhu and his family had hampered the country's stability for a long time. It had also stopped all productive initiatives, planning and formulation of development vision dreamt by Bangabandhu. It will be rewarded to him (his departed soul) if we can make Bangladesh a secular, corruption free, a just society, and a developed country.

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