Sharif Shahab Uddin
Bangladesh Awami League has achieved a landslide victory in the election held on 30th December 2018. This can be said that this is a second victory over the anti-liberation forces. We, the Bangalees, had achieved our first victory on the 16th of December in 1971 with the ignoble surrender of Pakistani occupation army.
The War of Liberation was started at midnight on the 25th March 1971 when the Pakistani occupation army cracked down upon the unarmed and innocent people with military armored, tank and fighter aircraft’s. The peace-loving people of the world watched that barbaric cruelty with utmost hatred and anxiety. The Pakistani Army had carried out an unprecedented genocide during the nine-month war in which more than three million innocent people including men, women and children were brutally killed. But they could not escape the humiliation that was waiting for them like poetic justice. They had to incur a shameful surrender in the hands of valiant sons of the soil on 16th December 1971 and the nation saw its first victory.
But the War of Liberation was not over. The anti-liberation forces were active in disguise and in an opportune moment in August 1975 they killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and this time they were victorious.
After a long struggle, Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, together with the great people of Bangladesh confirmed a landslide victory yesterday. And it is being regarded as the second victory after the first victory on 16th December 1971. Bangabandhu used to say, “Achieving victory is difficult, but maintaining victory is much more difficult.” Therefore, we cannot afford a further defeat. So we have to be cautious about how the victory is to be sustained.