DHAKA: Bangladesh commemorated Mass Uprising Day on Monday, marking the climax of the people of then-East Pakistan's movement for autonomy in 1969, which culminated in the Independence War and the country's emergence in 1971.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on Sunday expressing their profound admiration for those who embraced martyrdom during the historic 1969 movement.
Although not quite comparable to what 1789 means for France, 1969 marked the start of some revolutionary changes in Pakistan's history. Bangladesh was born as a result of the end of Ayub Khan's decade of "guided democracy" and the end of Pakistani hegemony in its eastern wing. 1969 was, in some ways, the "best of times" and the "spring of hope" for what is today's Bangladesh.
Abdul Hamid stated in his message that in 1966, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman issued the historic six-point demand for the liberation of the Bangalee nation from Pakistani rule, exploitation, and deprivation. He referred to the six-point plan as the charter of freedom, which included autonomy.
Meanwhile, Hasina stated that the 1969 uprising was a watershed moment in the country's independence history. The nation attained independence as a result of the 1952 Language Movement, the six-point demand, the eleven-point demand, the 1969 uprising, and the armed Liberation War, the premier stated.