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Saturday, December 13, 2014, Agrahayan 29, 1421, Safar 19, 1436 Hijr

Martyred Intellectuals Day Sunday
Observer Online Desk
Published : Saturday, 13 December, 2014,  Time : 10:05 PM,  View Count : 4
The nation observes the 'Martyred Intellectuals Day' on Sunday commemorating the brutal killings of the country's golden sons and daughters on this day at the fag-end of the country’s War of Independence in 1971.

The country ultimately achieved victory two days later on December 16 after a bloody nine-month war with the Pakistani occupation forces.

The people recall the supreme sacrifices of these immortal intellectuals every year with tears over the most sorrowful deaths of the greatest sons and daughters of the soil since independence.

Sensing their humiliating defeat in the hands of the almost unarmed Bangalis during the War of Liberation, the barbarian Pakistan soldiers and their local collaborators-Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams-abducted leading Bengali intellectuals and professionals and killed them to cripple the nation intellectually.

Academics, writers, physicians, doctors, engineers, journalists and other eminent personalities were among the people dragged blindfolded out of their houses in Dhaka and massacred them at Rayer Bazar and in other killing fields in the city only two days before the country achieved victory with the surrender of the defeated Pakistani Army.

The martyred intellectuals, whose bodies could be identified, include Munier Chowdhury, Dr Alim Chowdhury, Muniruzzaman, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Sirajuddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Gobinda Chandra Dev, Jyotirmoy Guha Thakurta, Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, Khandaker Abu Taleb, Nizamuddin Ahmed, Anwar Pasha, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin.

First Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed declared December 14 as the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day because the largest number of abduction and subsequent murder of the intellectuals took place on this day leaving the war-torn nation in a state of utter shock.

On the eve of Martyred Intellectuals Day, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia issued messages paying rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals and recalling their contribution in achieving the much-awaited Independence of the country.

Newspapers will publish special supplements while radio and television channels will air special programmes to commemorate the martyrs.

The day’s programmes will begin with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast and black flags atop public and private buildings in the morning. Alongside the official programmes, different political and socio-cultural organizations will observe the day in a befitting manner.

The programmes include placing wreaths at the Rayer Bazar Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard and Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur, discussion meetings, human chain and different cultural programmes.

The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. President and the Prime Minister will place wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum at Mirpur in the city at 8:05am and 8:15am respectively on the day.

Later, the opposition leader Raushan Ershad, freedom fighters, family members of the martyred intellectuals and people from all walks of life will pay their respects to the martyred by placing wreaths.

In this connection, the ruling party will observe the day through hoisting black flags at central Awami League office, Bangabandhu Bhaban and other units of the ruling party across the country at sunrise while national and party flags to be lowered at half-mast.
The ruling party’s leaders and activists including its associate bodies will place wreaths at the intellectual’s memorial, Rayerbazar killing field and portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban. AL will hold a discussion at the Krishibid Institution auditorium at Farmgate at 3:00pm. Party Chief Sheikh Hasina will attend the meeting as chief guest.

BNP, led by party chairperson Khaleda Zia, will place wreaths at the intellectual’s memorial. The party will also hold a discussion at Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh on December 15.

Teachers and students of Dhaka University will bring out a procession from the foot of Aparajeya Bangla in the morning, place wreaths at different monuments and hold discussions and offer prayers at mosques.


Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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