Genocide Day

As Bangladesh is poised to officially observe the `Genocide Day’ for the first time on March 25, international media are coming up with news, articles, opinions and features. Leading Indian daily 'The Hindu’ is one such newspaper to come up with a series of items. In its latest coverage on the Bangladesh’s 'Genocide Day’, it published an article with the headline 'Why Bangladesh has announced a Genocide Day'. The article was written by Stanly Johny. We are reproducing the article with gratitude to the daily and the writer: It has been a long-pending demand in Bangladesh, by political parties and civil society, to mark the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army on civilians in the then East Pakistan during the Liberation War in 1971. On March 11, the Bangladesh Parliament passed a resolution calling on the government to observe March 25 as Genocide Day. The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the demand and said it would send two senior officials to the UN headquarters in New York and the UN Human Rights Council office in Geneva for international recognition of the day. What happened on March 25, 1971? On the night of March 25, 1971, the Pakistani army, launched Operation Searchlight in Dhaka aimed at curbing elements of the separatist Bengali nationalist movement. East Pakistan was already on the boil after the Pakistan establishment refused to hand over power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had won the 1970 election. The Pakistani army, along with local activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami, unleashed violence that night, targeting students and teachers of Dhaka University and neighbourhoods of Old Dhaka. According to some researchers, around 7,000 people were killed and 3,000 were arrested. During the early hours of March 26, Mujibur Ra

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