44 years ago on the night of March 25th, Bangladesh declared freedom from Pakistan after years of suffering. Today on March 26th, I will be thinking of my ancestors. I will be thinking of the almost half a million Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers. I will be thinking of my people who survived the genocide, and the ones who did not.
Thank you for all you did, thank you for our independence, thank you for our liberation.
Shaheed Minar or the Martyr Monument is a national monument at Dhaka.
It was established to commemorate those killed during the Bengali
Language Movement demonstrations of 1952. On 21 February 1952, dozens
of students and political activists were killed when the Pakistani
police force opened fire on Bengali protesters who were demanding equal
status for their native tongue, Bengali. The massacre occurred near
Dhaka Medical College and Ramna Park in Dhaka. A makeshift monument was
erected on 23 February by the students of University of Dhaka and other
educational institutions, but soon demolished on 26 February by the
Pakistani police force. The Language Movement gained momentum, and after
a long struggle, Bengali was given equal status with Urdu.
commemorate the dead, the Shaheed Minar was designed and built by
Hamidur Rahman a Bangladeshi sculptor in collaboration with Novera
Ahmed. The monument stood until the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971,
when it was demolished completely during Operation Searchlight. It was
rebuilt after Bangladesh gained independence.