Making victory meaningful

44 years ago on this day, Bangladeshis created history by helping to triumph over an occupation force and creating an independent Bangladesh. The creation of Bangladesh was nobody’s favour. The people of this country made great sacrifices and made tremendous endeavours to win their freedom.
But the singular thought that fills the mind on the occasion of Bangladesh’s 44th observation of Victory Day is whether this nation that created history in 1971 through a war of independence could utilise its enthusiasm and energy better to achieve faster progress in national development . Other nations in our Asian neighbourhood could travel far in the same period of 44 years to a remarkably elevated state economically . South Korea and Malaysia, for example, are now regarded as developed nations though their overall conditions resembled ours four decades ago. The goals of the independence struggle also included establishment of a real democratic system of governance, rule of law and a social and economic system based on fairplay and justice. But these goals remain not attained in large measures .
Why then we did not make so much material and social and political progress which we were capable of and when other nations have showed that it is possible to take a short cut route to economic and social development and in establishing true democracy ? The answer must be explored in our political sphere, in the lack of dedication and vision of our political leaders because these are the areas where the failings have been the greatest.
Therefore, it would seem that the greatest need for this country is to have the sort of leadership it needs to really take it forward. This would be the strongest aspiration of those who take time out to ponder the state of the nation on occasions such as the Victory Day. Our polity or civil society shall have to create the clamour in favour of a new stream of positive, enlightened and dedicated leadership to steer the country with much greater success in the future.


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