16th December, 1971 – the milestone of victory of Bangalee, after a brief interlude of couple of years morphed into an epitaph of failure. In the wee hours of the fateful night of 15th August, 1975, all our gains, all the glory, joy and pride of Bangalee abruptly turned into numbness of pain, anguish and oblivion.
A short journey on the shining path of our victory soon ended and the nation started wandering incognito in the labyrinth of dark conspiracy and bloody conflict. Then we witnessed the celebration of destruction of our national identity, our political history, our constitution and all our institutions. We helplessly observed mighty resurgence of enemies of 71. National heroes were killed in the prison. Today, after thirty-four years, the execution of the verdict of the supreme court and hanging of five killers of women and child at the gallows of justice sowed enormous optimism that the nation could get out of a period of stigma. But noxious cloud of conspiracy is still drifting in our sky.
The alliance of beneficiaries of 75 mayhem and assassins of 71 genocide are still active and waiting for another opportune moment to eclipse our existence as a secular, democratic, modern nation. Execution of these killers may further sharpen teeth and nails of the alliance of serpents to launch a new phase of war against Bangalee. Today let us rally behind this government, join the march of new struggle; trial of the killers of 71 and struggle to democratically uproot the poison ivy of fascist neo-nationalists – the illegitimate creation of 75 conspiracy. Our nightly sky has again lit up in celebration with myriads of twinkling stars of hope and dream. Under the canopy of this bedecked sky let us forge a steely national unity and prepare for the dawn of a new day.
Let this morning give us new resolve to defeat the Trojan horses of conspiracy and to stride forward to a new era of progress and prosperity. We are the Bangalee, we shall build our own destiny, 71 will remain as our lighthouse through eternity.
Manirul Islam is a freelancer, writes from Toronto, Canada.