On the occasion of our great victory day, I extend my sincere felicitations and congratulations to my fellow countrymen living at home and abroad. December 16 is a glorious and memorable day in the history of Bangalee nation. On this day in 1971, we achieved ultimate victory through a nine-month long War of Liberation.
The historic declaration of the Independence made by our great leader, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 26 in 1971 became true on this day through a nine-month long armed struggle by attaining the final victory. Today, I pay my deep homage to the valiant freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice in the war of liberation for the cause of country’s independence. On this very day, I also recall with profound respect the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose boundless sacrifices and uncompromising and charismatic leadership contributed to the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign State in world atlas. Today, I also extend my deep gratitude to the valiant freedom fighters, organizers and supporters of the war of liberation and the people from all strata who directly and indirectly made meaningful contributions towards achieving victory.
Independence is an inherent right of every individual by birth. To attain this right our straggle for the right of self-determination and war of liberation is a unique example in the history of the world. The people of Bangladesh are indeed democratic and peace-loving. They want the advancement of democracy and development. But it is an irony that the democratic norms and practices were not functioning smoothly over the years particularly after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. Democratic government has now been established in the country. With the formulation of appropriate planning and its implementation, Bangladesh has significantly achieved manifold successes both at home and abroad. Our country has continuously been attaining above 6% economic growth last few years despite worldwide downturn. The mega project of constructing the Padma Bridge is going on by the government\'s own fund. It is heartening to note that Bangladesh is now being considered as a role-model in the world community for flourishing democracy, empowering women, expansion of women education, strengthening local government, development of agricultural, health and education; ensuring food security, developing power and energy, thriving information technology and ICT etc.
Our foreign policy is being exercised in accordance with the principle of "Friendship to all, malice towards none" as adopted by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The win-win resolve of longstanding land boundary agreement with India and resolving maritime boundary with neighboring Myanmar and India are the landmark of our diplomatic success. I am confident that our bilateral relations with the international community along with neighboring countries would gradually be widened and deepened in the days to come. Bangladesh’s efforts in mitigating negative impact of Global Climate Change and thriving Information Technology are being acclaimed by the world community transcending domestic boundary. It is a matter of pride that our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been awarded with ‘ICTs in Sustainable Development Award 2015’ and ‘Champions of the Earth Award 2015’ this year by the respective UN bodies for her outstanding contributions in this regard. I believe it is also a great achievement for the Banglaee Nation.
The Government has set ‘Vision 2021’ and ‘Vision 2041’ for transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income and developed country respectively. It is my firm conviction that we would be able to materialize the vision within the stipulated time by utilizing our huge human resources and information technology, Inshallah. On the eve of our great victory day, I call upon my fellow countrymen irrespective of party affiliation, to contribute more from their respective positions to realize the spirit and objectives of war of liberation.
On the occasion of great victory day, it is my expectation that with the concerted efforts of all Bangladesh will turn into a hunger and poverty free prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bangla) as dreamt by Bangabandhu, the Father of the Nation.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.