Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

Making children aware of Liberation War history
Freedom fighters narrate war experiences

Valiant freedom fighters gathered at a unique function in the city yesterday to narrate their experiences during the nin11e-month Liberation War to the new generation.

"It still amazes me while recalling the incident that a 13-year-old girl hurled two grenades at the Pakistani army from only 12 to 13 yards away, and thereby saved the lives of 20 freedom fighters, including me," said Major (Retd.) Hamidul Hossain Tareque, Bir Bikram at the inaugural ceremony of the programme.

The Muktijuddha Utsab: Bangladesh organised the programme titled 'Muktijuddher Golpo Shono' (Listen to the story of the Liberation War) at the Liberation War Museum in the city.

The war heroes also thanked the organisers for taking such an initiative to instil patriotic pride in young generation.

"I convey my thanks to the persons who have taken the initiative at a time when we have failed to project the real picture of the liberation war to the young generation," said Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) Abdul Karim Khandakar, Bir Uttam, while inaugurating the event.

Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, president of Muktijuddha Utsab, said, "We have launched the programme with a view to making the children aware of the supreme sacrifices of the freedom fighters and their courageous roles during the liberation war."

The programme will inspire the children and adolescents to uphold the spirit of the liberation war throughout their life, he added.

The day-long programme will also be organised in other cities. In addition, quiz and essay competition on the liberation war history, reception to local freedom fighters and prize giving ceremony will be held as part of the programme.

Freedom fighter Habibul Alam, Bir Pratik, Mahbub Elahi, Milly Rahman, wife of martyred Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, Bir Sreshtha, and many others joined the event.

The trustees of Muktijuddha Utsab are Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Dr Yasmin Haque, Major (Retd.) Quamrul Hasan Bhuiyan, Major (Retd.) Hamidul Hossain Tareque and Farid Ahmed.