Today is the 44th anniversary of the historic ‘Farakka Long March’.
On May 16, 1976, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India’s Farakka barrage, demanding demolition of the barrage constructed by the Indian government to divert flow of Ganges water inside its territory.
Thousands of people participated in the long march and staged demonstration protesting at the construction of the barrage.
The Farakka Barrage across the Ganges in the Indian state of West Bengal, roughly 16.5 kilometres away from the Chapainawabganj border, impacted adversely on Bangladesh’s ecology since its commissioning.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a message on the eve of the day said that the historic event for the just demand encouraged people to achieve any of their rights.
Bangladesh National Awami Party chairman Jebel Rahman Ghani and secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan in a separate message to mark the day said that Farakka Long March was the first movement for a fair share of water.
‘Riverine Bangladesh today is almost a desert, the catastrophe of the environment is mainly due to the deprivation of a fair share of water by neighbouring India. There is no water due to their continued water aggression. The once swollen Padma is today a barren desert,’ the message said.
The Bangladesh NAP leaders said that the main goal of the Long March on this very day in 1976 was the Farakka Dam but the problem of water share of all the common rivers including Padma is still unresolved.
They paid their deep respects to ‘mojlum jananeta’ Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, the great hero of the historic Farakka Long March, Mashiur Rahman Jadu Mia, the chief organiser, and other participants.
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