Politicians, academics and activists on Saturday urged all to carry forward iconic revolutionary Comrade Moni Singh’s ideology to establish a democratic, repression-free, secular and socialist country.
Moni Singh’s life trajectory illustrated his out-and-out commitment towards the movement for national liberation and the struggle towards a classless society, they said.
Comrade Moni Singh Mela Udjapan Committee arranged the meeting at the Teacher-Student Center at Dhaka University, marking the 27th anniversary of death of Moni Singh, former president of the Communist Party of Bangladesh and an adviser to the Bangladesh government in exile during the Independence War in 1971.
CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim, Socialist Party of Bangladesh central leader Jahidul Huq Milu, Moni Singh’s son Dibalok Singh, Communist Kendra joint-convener Asit Baran Roy, among others, spoke at the meeting, chaired by Dhaka University economics professor Mahbubul Mokaddem Akash.
While addressing the congregation, Selim said that the country was deviating from the spirit of liberation war with the widening disparity among the social classes since independence.
He also said that ‘not a single person was the designer of the country’s independence’ as was propagated by the ruling party but many other iconic figures, including Moni Singh, contributed immensely in creating the nation.
Urging the country’s progressive forces to form a greater alliance to establish a country based on the spirit of liberation war, Selim alleged that the major political parties were wooing the sectarian forces ahead of the upcoming general election.
Selim also added that the revolutionary leadership of Moni Singh was an endless source of inspiration for generations of future leaders.
The discussion was followed by a documentary screening on the life of Moni Singh and a cultural performance by Udichi Shilpigosthi.
Moni Singh, the pre-eminent Bangladeshi communist leader during the British and Pakistani rule, was born on June 28 in 1901.
He led movements to end exploitative labour practices and to establish a free and egalitarian society. He remained devoted to anti-establishment political activism all his life despite being imprisoned many times for long periods.
The Swadhinata Padak recipient politician died on December 31, 1990.
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