Celebrating Bangladesh’s 53rd Anniversary of Liberation and Independence: A Tale of Sacrifice, Leadership, and Triumphs

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In the chapters of time, few narratives resonate as profoundly as the saga of Bangladesh’s independence – a saga etched with the sacrifice of 30 lakh souls, the visionary leadership of the founding father, and the indomitable spirit of its people. As we reflect upon 53 years of sovereign existence, we are reminded of the formidable journey trekked, marked by resilience, progress, and unwavering determination. Though it has its roots deep down the line of history, but the commencement stemmed from an event, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26, 1971.

The echoes of sacrifice reverberate through the corridors of time, bearing testament to the valor and fortitude of those who laid down their lives for the cherished ideals of freedom and self-determination. In the crucible of war, amidst the chaos and turmoil, Bangladesh emerged victorious, a testament to the steadfast spirit of its people.

Central to this historic triumph was the glorified role of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose vision, and leadership ignited the flames of liberation and inspired a nation to rise against oppression. His legacy, enshrined in the collective conscience of the Bangladeshi people, continues to serve as a guiding light, illuminating the path towards progress and prosperity. He envisioned a prosperous and poverty-free nation, aspiring to build a “Golden Bangla.” Assuming leadership of a war-torn nation grappling with hunger and destitution, he faced the daunting task of governance with a mere three years, seven months, and three days. In 1972, the per capita income stood at 91 USD. Remarkably, within this brief period, Bangabandhu elevated it to 277 USD by 1975, alongside achieving a remarkable 9 percent growth rate. Against all odds, he propelled Bangladesh from the depths of despair to the status of a least-developed country. Tragically, on August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, perpetrated by heartless assailants. With his untimely demise, Bangladesh lost not only its visionary leader but also the beacon of its developmental aspirations and the spirit of its hard-fought independence.

Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has witnessed a remarkable journey of development and transformation. Despite facing formidable challenges, including the overwhelming endeavor of constructing the Padma Bridge without the support of international funding, Bangladesh has persevered, defying odds and forging ahead on the path of progress. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has garnered praise from its development partners and global institutions for its remarkable economic achievements. The United Nations General Assembly’s decision to graduate Bangladesh from the group of least developed nations (LDC) by 2026 signifies a significant milestone. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recognized Bangladesh’s potential for economic growth, suggesting that it could surpass many global powers in the near future. These affirmations underscore Bangladesh’s steady progress towards realizing its ambitious “Vision 2041”. This vision encompasses lofty goals such as alleviating severe poverty, attaining upper-middle-class status by 2030, and establishing a high economic standing by 2041. Bangladesh, a newly independent nation in 1971, witnessed a remarkable transformation in its annual budget, which surged from a mere Tk 786 crore to an impressive Tk 7,61,785 crore. Likewise, the per capita income has seen eminent growth, soaring from $129 to $2,814 today, reflecting the nation’s progress over time. This evolution is evident in various sectors, including infrastructure, education, and healthcare, with notable advancements observed in private sector investment, domestic production, foreign trade, and technological utilization. Bangladesh has indeed kept pace with global developments, demonstrating visible enhancements in wealth generation and extraction.

Undoubtedly, Bangladesh’s economy has evolved into a significant emerging market. Positioned as the second-largest economy in South Asia, it holds the 24th rank in terms of purchasing power parity and the 35th position overall in nominal terms. Recognized by numerous financial institutions as one of the “Next Eleven”, Bangladesh has transitioned from a frontier economy to an emerging market. With the nation clearly in a developmental phase, it becomes imperative to acknowledge and proudly exhibit this progress on the global stage.

Bangladesh has recently celebrated the completion of several transformative mega projects, including the iconic Padma Bridge, the strategic Bangabandhu Tunnel, the modern Dhaka Elevated Expressway, and the vital Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Link, among others. These endeavors highlight the country’s economic prowess and commitment to enhancing infrastructure and connectivity. With projects like the Payra Thermal Power Plant and Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant contributing to energy security and the Matarbari Deep Sea Port boosting maritime trade, Bangladesh is solidifying its position as a regional economic powerhouse. Investments in transportation, such as the expansion of the Dhaka MRT Line and the development of the third terminal at Dhaka airport, are set to improve mobility and facilitate smoother travel experiences. Furthermore, the completion of strategic assets like the BNS Sheikh Hasina Submarine Base underscores Bangladesh’s dedication to strengthening national security and advancing technological capabilities. With these achievements and many more projects underway, Bangladesh is forging ahead on its path of progress and development.

Amid backdrop of global uncertainty and polarization, Bangladesh has stood as an oasis of stability and resilience. Through prudent governance and inclusive policies, the nation has weathered storms, emerging stronger and more resilient than ever before. Bangladesh is also emerging as a notable player in policy formulation, particularly noting the Indo-Pacific Outlook. With a strategic approach centered on inclusivity, multilateralism, and economic cooperation, Bangladesh aims to bolster regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Prioritizing connectivity, trade, and sustainability, Bangladesh actively engages in regional and sub-regional forums and initiatives to foster greater economic integration, tackle transnational challenges, and enhance maritime security and sustainable development across the Indo-Pacific region.

As we celebrate Bangladesh’s achievements, we must embrace a narrative of pride and ownership, recognizing the strides made in various spheres of development and innovation, ardently follow the footsteps of our Liberation War heroes, and eternally cuddle Bangabandhu’s philosophy.

Let us cherish the journey of 53 years, honoring the sacrifices of the past, celebrating the achievements of the present, and embracing the promise of the future with hope and optimism. As we move through the uncharted waters ahead largely due to volatile global situations, may the spirit of unity, resilience, and progress continue to guide us toward a brighter and more prosperous tomorrow.

With unwavering resolve and boundless optimism, let us march forward, ever towards a future adorned with the colors of peace, prosperity, and progress.

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