Bangladesh did not want respect and dignity in the international arena. BNPO falls in this group.
This party was established on September 1, 1986. Whether in power or in the opposition, their activities were against the spirit of the liberation war, against development. They came to power by queuing. As they passed the infamous indemnity law to stop the trial of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu, the Al-Badr-Razakars, a group accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in 1971, allowed Jamaat-e-Islami to become active and established in the political arena, colluded with Bangabandhu’s self-proclaimed assassins Extremists have given all kinds of support to the rise of political evil, as well as trying to thwart national status projects like the Padma Bridge while out of power, engaging in violent movements and electoral collusion with anti-independence political forces.
The development and progress of Bangladesh is not tolerated by them. They called a strike to thwart the trial of war criminals and called the young generation who were vocal in the trial atheists. They used all their power to disrupt the trial of Bangabandhu’s assassination. They cannot stand the transition of Bangladesh from the list of least developed countries to developing countries.
Now the BNP is saying – ‘Bangladesh’s economy has collapsed’. [Mirza Fakrul Islam, March 1 speech at the inaugural ceremony of the BNP’s golden jubilee of independence.]
If we assume that Bangladesh remains a poor country, who is responsible for it? The BNP-Jatiya Party-Jamaat-e-Islami has been in power for almost 30 years or three decades of 50 years in Bangladesh. Justice Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem and Major General Ziaur Rahman issued martial law on August 4, 1978, stating that “no political party or anyone else can directly or indirectly praise Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or even name him.”
About five decades have passed since then. The attitude of the BNP and its allies has not changed at all. One sentence highlighted in the lighting of the central office of the BNP platoon on March 1, 2021 does not escape our notice – ‘Zia’s declaration is the beginning of independence’.
BNP secretary general Poyla March said, “Future generations are being misled by giving false history.” The Awami League government is distorting the history of independence. ‘Another BNP leader said,’ Ziaur Rahman means the history of the liberation war. Bangladesh means Ziaur Rahman. ‘
BNP leaders are not only distorting history, they are lying shamelessly. Our newspapers, television, radio and social media are promoting it without any editing. Even then it is being said that there is no freedom of speech and freedom of writing in the country.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of independence, the world community has given a recognition that the country, which was won by the blood of three million martyrs, is no longer on the list of least developed countries. There is no international basket case. Behind everyone, there is no one in the team at the end of everyone.
Why does this recognition not make them happy? The main reason for this is understandable. In the last one century, Bangladesh economy has stood on its own feet. Has achieved self-sufficiency in food. About 5 crore students are going to educational institutions. Digital Bangladesh is no longer a slogan, but much more real. Load shedding does not occur even during extreme heat. I am able to implement big economic alternatives like Padma bridge in my own sense. While many developed countries are having problems with coronavirus vaccine collection, Bangladesh is in despair.
Just think – if about three-thirds of the 50-year history of Bangladesh had not been in power like BNP-Jatiya Party-Jamaat-e-Islami, how big would our achievements have been? Even when out of power, the BNP and its allies have been trying to create political instability. They have called for hundreds of days of strikes and blockades, throwing petrol bombs everywhere and killing innocent people. As a result, there are thorns in the path of development.
Bangladesh is celebrating the golden jubilee of independence this year. Whether the BNP will take action on the occasion of this memorable anniversary is a question that many had in mind. Those who are now leading this party must remember March 26, 1996. That day was the silver jubilee of independence. The BNP did not have any program on this day, nor on the whole year. After Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina took over as the Prime Minister on 23 June 1996, Bangladesh took a massive program on the occasion of Rajanti. Nelson Mandela, the great leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, Yasser Arafat, the leader of the Palestinian liberation struggle, and Suleiman Demirel, the Prime Minister of Turkey, visited Bangladesh on the occasion of the Great Independence Day in 1998. They addressed a large gathering at Suhrawardy Udyan, where Bangabandhu said on March 7, “This time the struggle is for our liberation, this time the struggle is for freedom. We cannot keep 70 million people under pressure.”
We see the BNP, whether in power or not, trying to degrade relations with Bangladesh’s tested friends. When the World Bank unjustly withdraws its loan pledges and tries to disrupt the progress of development by making false allegations of corruption on the Padma Bridge, we see the BNP aligning with them by sacrificing national interests.
The BNP has decided to celebrate 50 years of independence. For this reason, some people thought that they had finally agreed. But in reality that did not happen. They had a memorable March to play that old record
Is using. It is not a problem to understand what to do for the rest of the year.
On February 9, 2019, a columnist named Pervez Hudboy wrote in Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper that many Pakistanis thought that Bangladesh, established in 1971, would not survive economically. In the end, the Bengalis will hold hands with us, begging and saying, “I have made a mistake, sir, forgive me.” Please include us in Pakistan again.
We may recall that after the independence of Bangladesh, Henry Kissinger, the US President’s Security Adviser (later Secretary of State) and Faland and Parkinson, two economists at the World Bank, said that Bangladesh was an international basket case. Their survival will depend on the mercy of the developed world. Some even ridiculed Bangladesh as a bottomless basket or a bottomless basket.
The reality was different. Standing on the brink of the golden jubilee of our independence, we hear his recognition. A report titled ‘Miraculous’ Bangladesh outshines India, Pakistan on development indicators was published in the famous Times of India on 18 August 2020. Bangladesh is a ‘Miracle of South Asia’.
Bangladesh is a ‘South Asian miracle’, the famous Times of India headlined in a report on 18 August 2020.
The way the BNP and its allies are using the month of March, known as the month of independence, but we have this idea rooted – the party does not want to change at all. Let the young generation know the history of our glorious liberation war, they have no desire for it. Rather they want, where as much opportunity as possible – let’s not create confusion! Wherever they are in power or in opposition, the tone is the same.
Throughout the fifty years of independence, the glory of the Liberation War and our achievements in various fields will be discussed, this is the natural expectation. It is also desirable to discuss where we have shortcomings and how to overcome them. The positive transformation that is taking place in the economy needs to be accelerated. The quality of education needs to be improved. The facilities of town and village have to be harmonized. Inequality between rich and poor must be reduced. As much as the rich are enjoying the benefits of modern information technology, the middle class is not getting it. In this case, action must be taken. We have to be tough on corruption and irregularities.
In all these cases, those who are in power have a big responsibility. But we also want the active participation of all political and social forces outside of power. Those outside the government will have a strong desire to come to power. It is not right to expect that all their actions will always be reasonable. Not being in power is so irritating! However, it should be kept in mind that the Awami League has not lost its relevance in politics even after being out of power for 21 consecutive years. They were adamant on certain agendas – Bangladesh must be brought back to the line of liberation war. The war criminals of 1971 and those involved in the assassination of Bangabandhu and four national leaders must be brought to justice. We have to make Bangladesh a developed country by reducing dependency. But this is at the root of the goal that the Awami League has been able to take strong steps to achieve since coming to power in the 1996 and 2008 elections. We should also not forget that the main focus of the Awami League’s long movement to come to power was to involve the people. They did not say like the BNP leaders- ‘It takes sticks, weapons, whatever it takes, we are ready. I will overthrow the government in seven days! ‘
These people were also the source of strength of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whom they have traveled in the desert on the way to Bengal for more than two decades to organize and make them aware. It was in the power of these people that he was able to challenge and defeat the brutal military rulers of Pakistan. Even after banning his name from being pronounced, it is not a problem for anyone to understand the reason why the people have placed him in the seat of the highest honor, the seat of the greatest Bengali of all time.