Bangladesh celebrates golden jubilee of Independence
by padre Nikhil Gomes*

The father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a man of incredible courage who always stood up for equality, dignity and justice. His ideal vision has always been to transform this nation he called home, Bangladesh, into Sonar (Golden) Bangla, where every citizen would lead a life of dignity, respect and fulfilment.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - On this day in 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman signed a declaration making East Pakistan the sovereign and independent country of Bangladesh

It sparked the nine-month long Bangladesh Liberation War which claimed the lives of between 300,000 to 3 million people, with hundreds of thousands of women raped. Although the casualty figures are disputed. Millions more were displaced.

The struggle for Bengali rights started shortly after Pakistan gained independence as a country with two in contiguous territories known as West Pakistan (today’s Pakistan) and East Pakistan (today’s Bangladesh).

The refusal to accept Bengali as a state language of Pakistan in the early years after Partition, economic disparity between the two parts, the hegemony of the West Pakistani ruling elite over Pakistan, martial laws, and a demeaning attitude towards Bengali culture and the Bengali population soured relations between the two parts.

After a nine-month war on 16 December 2071, Bangladesh got independent. This is a memorable history for the nation.

If we look in our country, then we can see Pope Francis' words that after fifty years our country is a unique natural beauty and modern nation that strives to join unity of language and culture with respect for the different traditions and communities within it. This, he continued, is one of the legacies which Sheikh Mujibur Rahman left for all Bangladeshis.

The Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a man of incredible courage who always stood for equality, dignity, and justice, Bangabandhu’s (friend of Bengal) love and devotion for his country was always his first priority, and his ultimate vision was always to transform this nation he called home, Bangladesh, into Sonar (Golden) Bangla, where every citizen of the country would lead a life of dignity, respect, and fulfilment.

We became independent because of Bangabandhu's sacrifice. He has gone through a non-communal Bangladesh. Where people of all religions will get equal status, will enjoy equal rights.

 He has thought of all the people of our country. He called for a war of liberation and under his great leadership the country became independent.

Now our present Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the worthy daughter of Bangabandhu, is working to build a modern state. So, we all need to be aware and help her. This country is ours, this soil is ours. So we have to move forward with the cooperation of all.

In the 50 years of independence, Bangladesh has come a long way in development such as economically, culturally, educationally and it is a great achievement for the country.

Although the independent was took place for a secular country where all faith people can practice their religion, but faith minority people often face persecution. In the name of religion, Islamist militancy activities are increasing in this country. Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman didn’t want such kind of nation. Government already control this radicalism, but mass people also should be aware regarding this issue.

Since we are celebrating the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence so let us try to build unity, love and peace among the people of our country.