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Four principles of Bangladesh: Nationalism evolved based on secularism

Secularism is one of the main pillars of Bangladesh constitution. It is interpreted in different ways at different times. Many believe that secularism means the absence of religion as there has been widespread propaganda about secularism. But does secularism mean atheism? The answer is no. It means non-communalism, stopping the use of religion a...

Four principles of Bangladesh: Democracy leads to the idea of national identity

Since the partition, there was no general election in United Pakistan in 23 years till 1970. It was a matter of utter surprise that from 1947 to 1956 the Pakistan state was governed by the Government of India Act as framed by the British. Due to autocratic rule, it was not possible to introduce a constitution in the two decades of the emergence ...

Mujibnagar Government: First Milestone of 'Bangladesh'

April 17, Mujibnagar Day. On this day in 1971, the first Bangladesh government, widely known as the 'Mujibnagar government was formed by the elected leaders of Bangladesh as the rightful constitutional, logical, and realistic step forward towards the full realization of our dream of an independent country of our own. The observance of Mujibnaga...

10th day of April, 1971: The Proclamation Of Independence

THE PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE Mujibnagar, Bangladesh Dated 10th day of April, 1971 Whereas free elections were held in Bangladesh from 7th December, 1970 to 17th January, 1971, to elect representatives for the purpose of framing a constitution, AND Whereas at these elections the people of Bangladesh elected 167 out of 169 representat...

March 25th: Darkest night in the history of Bangladesh

A black veil has just showed up over the history of mankind. It was the night of March 25, 1971. The roar of tanks broke the silence of the night. Millions of people in Bangladesh, then a province of Pakistan, woke up not to the chirping of birds but to the thudding sounds of bombs and bullets. That was the kickoff of one of the biggest genocide...