The month of mourning starts today
August is the month of mourning. Today is the first day of mourning month. On the 15th day of this month in 1975, the Bangalee nation lost the greatest son of the millennium, Father of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A group of discontented army officials killed the then President Bangabandhu, the architect of Bangladesh’s independence, along with most of members of his family.
Bangabandhu’s wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasants’ leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were also assassinated along with Bangabandhu.
Bangabandhu’s two daughters—Sheikh Hasina, now the country’s Prime Minister and Sheikh Rehana—escaped the carnage as they were in Germany at that time.
The 15th of August is considered a dark day of the human history marked by capturing state power and trampling on people’s long-cherished desire for economic emancipation through brutal killings.
Following the assassination of Bangabandhu, the country had been under military and quasi-military rule for 15 years when the spirit and objective of the great War of Liberation were jeopardized.