December 16, 2020: Dhaka: Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) observed Victory Day virtually on December 16, 2020 with discussion and cultural functions. Prof. Dr. Shafique Ahmed Siddique, Chairman, BUBT Trust graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He said in his speech, the Six-point Demand raised by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the demand for the liberation of East Bengal. But even before that Bangabandhu worked for the goal of the great Independence. We can understand it only by reviewing Bangabandhu's diary from 1947 to 1971. And we will be able to come to a conclusion through this review whether Bangabandhu really deserves to be the leader of the nation. It is our expectation that the younger generation will know better about his contribution to the liberation war and make a decision.
Professor Siddique added that many politicians and analysts questioned why Bangabandhu took part in the 1970 elections if he wanted the independence of Bengal. In reply, I would say that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would not have got the support of the world in the freedom struggle if he had not participated in the election. None of the leaders of global organizations and countries, including the United Nations, then said that make Bangladesh independent. They urged Pakistan to hand over power to the majority elected party but the West Pakistani leaders did not listen.
He added that the March 7 speech had played an important role in the freedom struggle. Evidence of this can be found in the participation of a large number of peasants, workers and students in the freedom struggle. The imprisoned Bangabandhu was the President of the Mujibnagar Government. Inspired by his ideal, the four national leaders led the war of liberation to victory with the help of the Allies.
Speaking on the occasion as the Session Chair, Prof. Dr. Md. Fayyaz Khan, Vice Chancellor, BUBT highlighted the contribution of American musician George Harrison and Pundit Ravi Shankar in capturing the passion and attention of the American people towards the people of Bangladesh during the war of liberation. He said, there was a need for extensive research on the liberation struggle of Bengal and Bangabandhu. He also said that Bangladesh has been moving forward successfully in various fields under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. The constructions of Padma Bridge with own funds, women's empowerment, power generation, development of Bangladesh in education and industry are its memorandum. At this time, as part of the celebration of Bangabandhu's birth centenary, he announced the names of the winners of the three-episode quiz organized by BUBT. The quiz winners are Riazul, Rabiul, Tamanna, Imran, Nusrat, Ghalib, Imtiaz, Swarna and Sohag, students of different departments of BUBT.
As the Guest of Honor Prof. Md. Abu Saleh, Advisor and Trust Member described the liberation war as a people's war. He said, the war of liberation of Bangladesh is the result of various successive movements including the language movement, 21-point and 6-point demands, mass uprising of '69 etc. He called upon all to love the country.
As the Special Guest Pro-Vice Chancellor of BUBT Prof. Dr. Md. Ali Noor called on the fanatics to refrain from anti-national activities and said, "Through victory in the war of liberation, we have not only got a flag - we have also got economic freedom." Prof. Syed Anwarul Huq, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities also spoke as the Special Guest. He said that on 16 December, 1971, the Bengali nation created a new history. The Father of the Nation had kindled the flame of independence in the hearts of the Bengalis, the nation has made it at the cost of 3 million lives.
Prof. Mian Lutfar Rahman, Member, BUBT Trust was the Chief Discussant of the program. He urged historians to present the history of independence to the young generation in a greedless manner. He said, ‘The issue of the victory or defeat in 1971 was not bilateral. Pakistan's domestic and foreign allies were also defeated. The defeated power has repeatedly conspired for revenge. Even after August 15, 1975, the conspiracy did not abate. They have destroyed the anthem of 'Joy Bangla' and made the villain of history the herald of independence.
He said, the history of the liberation war is not just a history limited to 9 months of war. This history began on 14 August 1947, shortly after the creation of Pakistan when the Bengali nation continues to be deprived of Pakistan. Despite its majority in East Pakistan, Dhaka was not made the capital. Bengalis were not appointed to high positions in the administration and in the military. The banking-insurance-industry was centered on West Pakistan. There was exploitation and deprivation in the economic field. In the first budget only 20% and in the next budget 25% was allocated for East Bengal. President Ayub Khan promised to enrich East Bengal. But in the budget he gave only 6000 crore Taka for East Bengal and allocated 22 thousand crore for West. At that time only two persons from East Bengal were able to become ministers of the central government. All these created the context for the 6-point demands. And in the end, even after winning the election, after the denial of transfer of power was added to the level of deprivation, the 6-point demand was fixed at 1 point. The rights movement became the freedom movement and its final form was the War of Liberation.
Mr. Rahman further said that Bangabandhu's leadership in the war of liberation was like that of the great leader of the United States Martin Luther King. He awakened 7 crore Bengalis for independence. The cruel irony of history - Bangladesh is the model of Pakistan's development today. Bangladesh has shown the whole world by building the Padma Bridge with its own funds.'
Prof. Dr. Syed Sarfaraz Hamid, Dean, Faculty of Law delivered the welcome speech. He called upon the people to work from their respective positions for the development of education, agriculture, technology, medicine, infrastructure, socio-religious and politics in order to reach the Bangabandhu's dream.
Finally, a cultural program on patriotic songs and poems was organized by BUBT Cultural Club. Distinguished Guests, Deans of faculties, Registrar, Controller of Exams., Departmental Chairmen, Proctor, teachers-officers-staff and students of different faculties were connected.