Dhaka Bureau Policy Times : 16 December , The Glorious Victory Day of Bangladesh. On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh achieved the long-cherished victory after a nine-month long bloodbath under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The nation paid for its freedom with the supreme sacrifices of three million people and the honour of hundreds of thousands of women.
The Great Liberation War and the Victory of Bangladesh are the two extraordinary tales of glory and pride as well as of courage and of sacrifice. In 1971, people of all walks of life from all corners of the land responded to the clarion call of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and joined the Great Liberation War for the emancipation and freedom. Victory of Bangladesh on 16 December 1971 was the climax of an epic struggle of our people for freedom against years of oppression.
The Victory Day is being observed across the country with due solemnity, paying deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Great Liberation War in 1971. We also commemorate the martyrs of the friendly forces from India who laid down their lives for the cause of the Joint Forces fighting the Pakistani occupation. The celebration of the Victory Day this year has a different dimension as the day is being celebrated side by side with the commemoration of the “Mujib Barsho” – the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, just ahead of the country’s Golden Jubilee of Independence in 2021.