Role of left parties in liberation war cannot be ignored: speakers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:55, Feb 23,2020


Leaders and activists of the Workers Party of Bangladesh sing the party anthem before a discussion to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Swadhin Janaganatantrik Purba Bangla at the Bangladesh Medical Association auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Politicians, academics and professionals on Saturday at a discussion said that the left-leaning political parties played significant role in the War of Independence of 1971, but some quarters were making abortive efforts to tarnish their role.

Workers Party of Bangladesh, a partner of the Awami League-led alliance, organised the discussion in the Bangladesh Medical Association auditorium to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Shadhin Janaganatantrik Purba Bangla on March 22 in 1970 at the then Paltan Maidan in Dhaka. 

Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon said that the left parties had significant role in organising the War of Independence in 1971, but they had failed to lead it.

Some quarters are trying to diminish the roles of the left parties in the liberation war, which would not be possible, former student leader Menon said.

The ideals of the liberation war are not yet fulfilled and yet a non-communal democratic Bangladesh is established, Menon lamented.

Mostafa Jamal Hiader, chairman of Jatiya Party faction and former student leader said that liberation war of 1971 was a mass war where people from all walks of life participated.

No single political party can claim to be the organiser of the war, Jamal Haider said.

Chaired by Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha, Dhaka University professor Mesbah Kamal, professional and former Workers Party leader Shamsul Huda and WP Dhaka City unit president Abul Hossain also took part in the discussion.

Prior to the discussion people’s songs were rendered and a documentary on the role of the left parties in the war was screened.

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