Bangladesh celebrated on Saturday (16 December) the first anniversary of the end of the Indo-Pakistan war which brought independence to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh celebrated on Saturday (16 December) the first anniversary of the end of the Indo-Pakistan war which brought independence to Bangladesh. Victory Day, as it is known in Bangladesh, was celebrated on the eve of a new constitution under which the country's ruling Constituent Assembly was dissolved and replaced by a caretaker cabinet. The caretaker cabinet will govern Bangladesh until elections in March next year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibar Rahman celebrated Victory Day by laying the foundation stone of a national memorial to those killed during the war. The memorial is being built at Savar, not far from the city of Dacca. There were other celebrations throughout the country and Sheikh Mujib made a speech at the old Dacca Racecourse.
SYNOPSIS: Bangladesh celebrated on Saturday the first anniversary of the end of the Indo-Pakistan War .... the event which brought their country independence. Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibar Rahman marked the occasion by laying the foundation stone of a memorial to those killed in the war.
The anniversary is known in Bangladesh as Victory Day. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone at savar, not far from Dacca. Those killed are described in Bangladesh as martyrs of the war of liberation. The highlight of the memorial day was na address by the Prime Minister at the old Dacca Racecourse, the scene of his major statements during the conflict with Pakistan.
The Victory Day celebrations came on the eve of the introduction of a new constitution of Bangladesh, Under the constitution, a caretaker cabinet was sworn in to rule until the March elections. The celebrations were also seen as the unofficial start to election campaigning
Essentially, the celebrations marked a military victory and the crowds in Dacca were reminded of this with a display of modern weapons .. many of them provided by the Soviet Union which helped Bangladesh in the war.
During the celebrations, Sheikh Mujib paid special tribute to the assistance given by India in achieving independence for his country.