Some days are very special for a nation. 16th December is one such day for
For those who do not know why it is called so, Mash of Or How I Learned to stop worrying blog shares the history of Bangladesh Liberation war and the Pakistani Armies atrocities:
Bangladesh, then called East Pakistan, was part of a geographical monstrosity created by the British in 1947. Pakistan, as created by the British, consisted of West Pakistan and East Pakistan, separated by the vast expanse of the Indian land mass in the middle. East and West Pakistanspoke different languages and were culturally distinct. East Pakistan accounted for the majority of Pakistan’s population, yet it was economically exploited and politically marginalized by West Pakistan. Bengalis, the people of East Pakistan, were also persecuted for speaking their native language and for being either Muslims who had converted from Hinduism or for being Hindus. , translated as "The Land of the Pure", was intolerant of Bengalis because they were not ‘pure" Muslims." Pakistan
On March 25, 1971, the Pakistani Army launched Operation Searchlight to "eliminate" the Awami League and its supporters in
East Pakistan. The goal was to "crush" the will of the Bengalis.
"Kill three million of them," said
President Yahya Khan , "and the rest will eat out of our hands." Pakistan
For his dissent from Richard Nixon’s and Henry Kissinger’s policy, Archer Blood was recalled to
Millions of Bangladeshis took refuge in neighboring
1st of August 1971 in
Bangladeshi freedom fighters resisted the Pakistani Army and
On December 16, 1971 the Pakistani army in
Drishtipat also remembers:
Our victory celebrations after 16th December were being overshadowed by grim discoveries of one after another killing field. Most destabilizing discovery was that of Rayer Bazaar. All of our national top doctors, professors, linguists, scientists were among the eviscerated dead bodies found here.
The Liberation war Museum keeps the archive of these periods accessible online.
Ershad Ahmed has more pictures of the celebrations of the day in
Angelmorn wants the Bangladeshis to be inspired by the martyres of the liberation war.
Farhan of Conversations with an optimist remembering the amazing contribution of normal citizens turning freedom fighters in the liberation war urges the Bangladeshi bloggers to raise their voices against all odds.