Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day today
On January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu returned to independent Bangladesh after over nine and half months’ captivity in Pakistan jail where he had been counting moments for the execution of his death sentence that was pronounced in a farcical trial.
Despite his captivity, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became the source of of inspiration to the freedom fighters during the 1971 Liberation War.
The defeated Pakistani rulers were finally compelled to release Bangabandhu from jail. The independence of Bangladesh attained its fulfillment with his release.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages marking the day.
In a message, the President said, ”Let us advance our country by becoming united with the spirit of patriotism and the Liberation War. Let this be our pledge on the Homecoming Day of Bangabhdhu this year.”
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now the ‘Role Model’ in all fields of socio-economic fronts including agriculture, education, healthcare, communication, ICT, industrialization, trade and commerce.
“Let us take a fresh vow on the homecoming day of the Father of the Nation so that no evil force could disrupt the ongoing march of our progress and development,” she said.
The ruling Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and front organisations and various socio-political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
The programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags atop its all offices at 6.30 am and placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi in the city in the morning.
Awami League will also hold a discussion at Suhrawardy Udyan at 2:30 pm with Prime Minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.