Country promises to defend secularism

Bangladesh yesterday honored martyred educated people of 1971 when strict fundamentalist powers were picking up their solidarity. 

On this day, the best children of the dirt made preeminent penance only two days before the nation got freed. 

Paying rich accolades for the martyred scholarly people, individuals who ran at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the city's Rayerbazar said secularism is presently in question because of the manner in which radical powers are ascending as of late. 

"Martyred learned people's fantasy for building up a mainstream society is a long ways. All things being equal, radical and fundamentalist powers continue overwhelming by and large in the general public," Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury revealed to The Daily Star via phone. 

He said the fundamentalist powers had the option to arrive at their current situation because of the disparaging and bargaining disposition of progressive governments. 

The prominent political examiner said the present Awami League government's bargaining demeanor towards Hefajat-e Islam, which restricts the development of figure of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheik Mujibur Rahman, is likewise liable for the ascent of fundamentalist powers. 

Abul Quasem Fazlul Haq, another political investigator and a previous Dhaka University teacher, stated, "We ought not put all the fault on our foe. We ought to likewise do our self-analysis and go for our spirit looking for not satisfying the fantasy of the nation's martyred savvy people and letting the ascent of fundamentalist components throughout the long term." 

"Our ideological groups and its chiefs come up short on this genuineness of doing self-analysis. They talk on this issue with the interest of their gatherings and people," he added. 

He said without majority rules system, individuals are hurrying towards religion and a part of strict pioneers are accepting this open door to pick up their political interest through deluding individuals. 

Fazlul Haq stated, "Our political chiefs don't have nationalistic reasoning. That is the reason they hurry to various government offices with various issues." 

To stamp the Martyred Intellectuals Day, expand programs were held cross country to honor the December 14 misfortune. 

The country noticed the day to honor those intelligent people killed methodicallly by the Pakistan occupation powers and their neighborhood colleagues at the fag-end of the nation's Liberation War in 1971. 

Only two days in front of the nation's triumph on this day 49 years prior, the Pakistan occupation powers with the assistance of their neighborhood colleagues – Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams – killed the most unmistakable savvy people of the nation. 

Upwards of 200 celebrated children of the dirt, including teachers, columnists, specialists, artistes, architects and scholars, were kidnapped from their home blindfolded between December 10 and 14 out of 1971. 

They were taken to dungeons in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and different areas in the city. 

Thusly, they were executed all at once at various slaughtering grounds, most eminently Rayerbazar and Mirpur, in an offer to disable the recently arising Bangladesh mentally. 

Among the martyred scholarly people of December 14 were Prof Munier Chowdhury, Dr Alim Chowdhury, Prof Muniruzzaman, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Sirajuddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Prof GC Dev, JC Guhathakurta, Prof Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, writers Khandaker Abu Taleb, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin. 

From that point forward, the day is being seen as the Martyred Intellectuals Day. 

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheik Hasina paid rich recognitions for the martyred savvy people toward the beginning of the day. 

The day was seen on a restricted scale because of new flood of the Covid-19 cases. 

Honoring the martyred intelligent people, Obaidul Quader, AL general secretary and furthermore street transport and scaffolds serve, called upon the favorable to freedom powers to assemble a unified protection from root out the common powers from society.