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Historic 6-Point Day today

Published : 06 Jun 2023 10:19 PM

The historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy of the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, being observed today across the country in a befitting manner.

On June 7 in 1966, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a massive movement against the misrule of the then Pakistan government on the basis of the 6-point demand, the Magna Carta of the Bengalis, demanding autonomy for the then East Pakistan.

Eleven people, including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque, were gunned down by the police and paramilitary EPR on June 7, 1966 in Dhaka and Narayanganj during a hartal called for the release of Bangabandhu and other leaders detained for launching the Six-Point Movement against the then barbaric ruling clique.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched his historic six-point political and economic programme in Lahore on February 5 in 1966, aiming at attaining greater autonomy for the then East Pakistan in the backdrop of exploitation and discrimination by the then Pakistani rulers.

The six-point demands were creating provisions in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore Resolution that the federal government will deal with only two subjects: Defence and Foreign Affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the six-point day.

In his message, President Shahabuddin paid rich tributes to the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all who embraced martyrdom for implementing the six-point demand.

Terming the historic six-point demand as the milestone in the history of the country's liberation and independence struggles, he said the independence of Bangalee nation is an outcome of long struggle. 

The President said the movement, which was initiated in 1948 with the demand for recognition of Bangla as a state language, had successfully culminated through the 1952 Language Movement creating the foundation of Bangalee nationalism.

Later, Bangabandhu placed the historic six-point demand in Lahore in 1966 for autonomy of Bangalee nation in continuation of formation of Juktofront in 1954, movement against autocratic rule in 1958 and 1962 Education Commission movement, he added.

Through the six-point demand, Shahabuddin said, Bangabandhu presented political, economic, social and cultural interests, including along with administrative structure, powers of the central government, monetary policy, revenue and tax policy, foreign trade and the formation of regional forces, of East Bengal.

The President said the six-point demand contained the framework of independence and autonomy of Bangalee nation.

After the announcement of six-point demand, he said, the Pakistani rulers tortured Bangabandhu inhumanly and repeatedly arrested him, but could not deter him from the six-point demand.

Under his (Bangabandhu) leadership, the movement of realizing demands gained momentum and spread throughout Bangla within a short time, the President said, adding the ruling clique took strict measures, including arrests and torture, to suppress the six-point movement. 

On June 7 in 1966, 11 people embraced martyrdom and many were injured and arrested in Dhaka and Narayanganj as police opened fire while Awami League was observing a province-wide general strike in support of the six-point demand, Shahabuddin said.

The historic six-point is not only the charter for emancipation of Bangalees rather it is the source of inspiration for movement for emancipation of the repressed and persecuted people all over the world, the he added.

"I believe that the young generation will be inspired with patriotism by learning from Bangabandhu's six-point demand," the President said and urged all to fulfill Bangabandhu's dream of building a happy and prosperous 'Sonar Bangla' free from hunger and poverty.