The Bangladesh High Commission celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day recently in the national Capital paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leadership Bangladesh gained independence after a nine-month war against Pakistan.
The day’s events were marked by hoisting their national flag at the chancery compound and reading out of Victory Day messages from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam MP, offering special prayer seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu and his family members killed along with him on the tragic night of August 15 in 1975.
Acting High Commissioner Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, accompanied by officers at the mission, hoisted the national flag as the national anthem was played. A cultural function in the evening, presented by students and teachers of Dhaka’s Govt Music College, at the Maitree Hall of the mission enthralled the audience, which included Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, war veterans, foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and family members of the mission’s officers and officials.
Moshararraf Hossain and Maya, both valiant freedom fighters, described about the heroic Mukti Bahini’s fight against the Pakistani military, equipped with most modern and sophisticated war machines.
Welcoming the guests Salahuddin Noman fondly remembered the supreme sacrifices the freedom fighters had made at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib against the brutal Pakistani soldiers who carried out one of the history’s worst genocide killing three million unarmed civilians.
He said Bangladesh remains grateful to India and its citizens for extending military, economic, diplomatic and moral support to Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. Officers of the mission also attended a seminar on Bangladesh liberation war organised by India Foundation in association with War Veterans Association, Babu Jagjivan Ram Trust and Nehru Memorial Trust at Nehru Memorial Museum in the morning.
Mofazzal Hossain Maya and Bir Bikram spoke at the seminar as chief guests, while Indian State Minister for External Affairs V K Singh presided as the special guest.