BY TC News Desk
Agartala, August 16: A solemn and mournful atmosphere prevailed as the 48th Martyrdom Anniversary and National Mourning Day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation, was observed with reverence and dignity by the Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala yesterday. The day marked a poignant commemoration, invoking a sense of reflection and remembrance.
The Assistant High Commission orchestrated a series of solemn activities in two phases to honor this significant occasion. The initial phase commenced at 8:00 AM, where the national flag of Bangladesh was hoisted at half-mast on the embassy premises. At 8:05 AM, a special prayer was offered for the souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, followed by a moment of silence at 8:15 AM. The occasion featured eloquent speeches by eminent figures, including the President of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, and the State Foreign Minister.
Subsequently, the second phase unfolded at Hotel Sonar Tari in Agartala at 11:00 AM, showcasing a distinctive panel discussion. The event was graced by the presence of Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhowmik, along with esteemed personalities such as Justice AKM Asaduzzaman of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court. A portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman served as a poignant backdrop, capturing the essence of his legacy.
With a moment of silence at 11:00 AM, the program commenced, as dignitaries and representatives from various segments of society placed wreaths and paid their respects to the revered leader. The proceedings included a thought-provoking documentary shedding light on the illustrious life and contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. A subsequent discussion focused on the profound significance of the National Day of Mourning.
Assistant High Commissioner Arif Mohammad, in his welcoming speech, poignantly recounted the tragic events of August 15, 1975, when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were brutally assassinated. He emphasized the enduring strength of Bangabandhu’s ideals and dreams, transcending the brutality of that fateful day. The Assistant High Commissioner also extended heartfelt congratulations on India’s 76th Independence Day and expressed hope for the success of India’s initiatives.
The commemorative events drew participants from diverse spheres of Tripura, including government officials, media representatives, civil society members, and business leaders. The program concluded with a note of gratitude from Md. Rezaul Haque Chowdhury, Head of the Embassy, followed by a shared lunch for the honored guests.
In honoring the memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the day’s observance served as a poignant reminder of his enduring legacy and the aspiration to uphold his vision of a non-communal, prosperous Bangladesh.