17 April 2018, The Hague: Historical Mujibnagar Day is observed in the Netherlands through due dignity and solemnity. Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague organized a discussion meeting to highlight the importance of the day to the expatriate Bangladesh community. Embassy officials, leaders and members of the Netherlands Awami League and expatriate Bangladeshis were present. At the beginning of the programme, one minute silence was observed with in honour of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, three million martyrs. In addition to reciting from the Holy religious scripts , the messages issued for the day by Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Minister for Liberation War Affairs and Hon’ble Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs were recited.
In the speech, the leader of the Netherlands Awami League, Mr. Alauddin Mollah and Mr. Zainal Abedin highlighted the significance of the historic Mujibnagar Day. They mentioned that in the history of our independence, April 17, is an important memorial day, the day of taking oath of the independent government of Bangladesh, the day of the declaration of independence. On this day, the first cabinet of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was sworn in at Baidyanathtala Amrakanaan of Meherpur. During our liberation war this day initiated a new history. With the guideline of this government and through the liberation war of 9 months, the independent and sovereign People’s Republic of Bangladesh took place on the map of the world. 71’s defeated forces are still running conspiracies to disrupt Bangladesh’s development. They urged the new generation to be vocal for the development of the country and to prevent the conspiracy of the distorted history.
Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, paid deep tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders and three million valiant martyrs at the beginning of his speech. In spite of limited scope in 1971, based on patriotism and visionary leadership the courageous freedom fighters achieved the victory. As a nation, we are proud that under the leadership of such a great leader we have achieved independence we had no disagreement. His legendary leadership had such an influence in every Bengali that even in his absence, everyone got conquered from the well-organized. The consequence of 17 April further cemented the unity of the people, brought the world closer to the existence of freedom fighters, made the war efforts bloom in its full focus, and realized the presence of Bangladesh in the comity of nations. It was in effect a formal introduction to the rest of the world of the nature of the political leadership that was set to guide the nation into a concerted and organized war of national independence.
Ambassador Belal mentioned the progress of the ongoing development of Bangladesh and urged expatriate Bangladeshis to come forward to support the continuation of development. To make the country’s development vigorous and sustainable, he urged the expatriate Bangladeshis living in the Netherlands to share their ideas, experience, knowledge and creativity gained in the Netherlands for the development of our motherland. Using innovative power and technology, the developed countries have reached the peak of development, it is really following. By connecting Bangladeshi entrepreneurs with Dutch creativity and innovation expatriate Bangladeshis can contribute in further development of Bangladesh.
Finally, guests viewed short documentary on Mujibnagar Day and enjoyed light refreshment served from the embassy.