15th August will remain forever a great loss for the people of Bangladesh. The architect of Bangladesh’s freedom was assassinated that day by a group of disgrunt led army officers at his Dhanmondi residence in Dhaka. The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on 15 August 1975 remains testimony to the woeful absence of security around the president and still counted as a greatest tragedy in the history of Bangladesh. Anti-Liberation and reactionary international forces with the help of their local henchmen staged this most brutal murder of all times. Government of Bangladesh and political organization observes this day specially.
Other non-governmental organization also arranges special programs like discussion programs or talk show program which focuses on the remembrance of this day. Already the month of mourn begins and this year is the 40th death anniversary of Bangabondhu and its family.
For the subsequent 15 years after Mujib murder, Bangladesh was ruled by the same forces sometimes under a civilian guise, sometimes under military dictatorship.
During these 15 years, the successive rulers tried their utmost to obliterate the memories of Liberation War efface the name of Bangabandhu from the mind of the public, sheltered and even rewarded the killers of Bangabandhu, allowed the communal polities to operate freely. Coups, conspiracies, social anarchy and corruption held unhindered sway in the country.
The day was not observed officially for 20 years until 1996, when the Awami League assumed office and announced the day as the National Mourning Day. 15th august was observed as the mourning day in five subsequent years. The BNP-Jamaat-e-slami coalition government dropped the mourning day and prohibited flying the national flag at half-mast on days other than official ones after forming government in 2001.
The day was observed in 2002 through party programmes of the Awami League. The day again got the National Mourning Day status in a verdict of the High Court in 2008 during the Fakhruddin Ahmed-led caretaker government. It is being observed officially since then. Five condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is already hanged. But there are still many conspirators are remain outside who are involved with the assassination of Bangabandhu and tried to uproot the political party Awami league.
Though these conspirator tried a lot, they failed several times for the support of mass people towards Awami league. In the darkness between August 1975 and May 1981, it was the struggling time for Awami League.
Mizan Chowdhury and Dewan Farid Gazi held their factions together. And then it was Zohra Tajuddin who bravely fought on, until Sheikh Hasina took charge in 1981.
She took the party back to power twenty one years after 1975. And Hasina has been there since, as the longest surviving leader of the party. Our great leader, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did his politics all for the betterment of the lot of the people of this country. After his sad death, the mantle has fallen on his daughter, Sheikh Hasina, who is carrying on the same fight as her father.