Bangladesh State Minister Shahriar Alam has wished Bangladeshis everywhere a very happy National Day.
In a message, he said:
“Today is March 26, our great Independence and National Day.
“On this very day in 1971, the Bengali nation started the War of Liberation against the misrule, exploitation and repression of the brutal Pakistani ruler with the clarion call of our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Bangladesh is now well poised to celebrate the golden jubilee of our glorious independence and is celebrating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. On this very day, I pay profound reverence to the great leader who led his people from the front in various movements and struggles from the 1952 Language Movement to the 197 Liberation War which resulted in the greatest achievement of Bengali nationalism – an independent Bangladesh.
“With profound love and respect, I recall the supreme sacrifices made by our war heroes, the three million martyrs and all the freedom fighters.
“Bangabandhu is the name of a legend who dreamt of a hunger and poverty-free, secular and prosperous country.
“Under the visionary leadership of his capable daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has been working relentlessly to transform Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041.
“Along with economic growth, Bangladesh has become a role model in poverty alleviation, women empowerment, combating climate change and curbing child mortality rate.
“All these achievements have been made possible with the policy guidelines promulgated by the Father of the Nation within the fastest period of time and through successful implementation of those laws and policy frameworks under the leadership of the Prime Minister during the last decade.
“On this auspicious day, let us make a renewed pledge to devote ourselves to work from our respective positions imbued with the spirit of Liberation War to build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ and also a better world for our future generation.
“Joi Bangla, Joi Bangabandhu. May Bangladesh live forever.”