BANGLADESH’S history, especially the stream of it set into motion after the liberation of the country in December 1971, has been a tortuous and painful one. You need to sit back and reflect on all the good men we have lost, all the values we have seen take flight even as we have prayed that things will get back on track at some point or the other. It is when you come to 1975, when you remember that annus horribilis, that you recoil from a recapitulation of what you have known.®
If to know is to suffer, then we as a people have known much and have suffered excessively.
ANTICLOCKWISE : M. MUNSUR ALI,AHM QUAMRUZZAMAN,TAJ UDDIN AHMED & SYED NAZRUL ISLAMS
The assassination of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with nearly his entire family, was a rude shock that left us reeling in the weeks and months after August 15, 1975. Yes, of course we had come through a series of coups d’etat, all of them in Pakistan. In a free Bangladesh, we looked forward to a political system where the old methods of forcing a government from office would be a tale of the past. It was not just a hope we nurtured. It was a belief we shared once Bangladesh emerged as a sovereign people’s republic through a focused war of liberation in 1971.