Today is the first day of sad August. In this month (August 15) of 1975, Bengalis lost their best son of a thousand years, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Again, in this month of 2004, an attempt was made to kill Awami League President and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of the father of the nation, in a grenade attack (August 21). Senior leader Ivy Rahman and many activists were killed in that attack.
Therefore, August is a month of mourning for people of all classes and professions, including the Awami League.
On the night of August 15, 1975, the assassins not only killed Bangabandhu, but one by one killed Bangabandhu’s wife Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib, Bangabandhu’s children Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, child Sheikh Russell, daughter-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosi Jamal. Bangabandhu’s brother Sheikh Nasser, sister-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, nephew Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni, his wife Arju Moni and Colonel Jamil, including 16 family members and relatives could not escape from this heinous murder.
After some misguided members of the army killed the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu and his family, the entire world fell into mourning. The people of the world hate the killers.
After Bangabandhu’s murder, West German leader Willy Branditt, who won the Nobel Prize, said, “A Bengali who can kill Sheikh Mujib can do any heinous act.”
British citizen of Indian origin and prominent writer Nirad Shri Chowdhury described Bengalis as “traitors” and said, “Bengalis have shown their suicidal character to the people of the world by killing Sheikh Mujib, the visionary of the Bengali nation. ‘
The 16 August 1975 issue of ‘The Times of London’ stated that ‘Despite everything, Bangabandhu will always be remembered. Because, without him, Bangladesh has no real existence. The Daily Telegraph published from London on the same day said, “Millions of people in Bangladesh will consider Sheikh Mujib’s heinous murder as an irreparable loss”.
Meanwhile, like every year, Awami and allied, fraternal organizations have taken various programs. Awami League is calling on all levels of Awami League leaders, activists, supporters and all allied, social, cultural and political organizations to observe the month-long Mourning Day programs in compliance with proper health protection rules.
At the same time, the leaders of all the districts, cities, upazilas, police stations, municipalities, unions and wards of Bangladesh Awami League are requested to carry out the program in accordance with the central program adopted on the occasion of National Mourning Day.