Club NotreDamians Bangladesh Limited, a platform of all former students of Notre Dame College in Dhaka, on Sunday honoured the college’s 12 former valiant students who joined the Liberation War in 1971.
The club that got registration only two months a and a half ago honoured the brave sons of the soil at MIDAS Auditorium at Dhanmondi in Dhaka Sunday evening.
Honouring NotreDamian freedom fighters was the first formal programme of the club, organisers said.
Ten NotreDamian freedom fighters – ASM Shahidullah Khan, Abdul Bari, Ehsanul Kabir Jaglul, Kamrul Hasan Khan, Md Ashraf Ali (Tipu), Ishtiaq Aziz Ulfat, Mahfuz Anam, Shafiqul Islam Swapan, Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed and Towficur Rahman – were present.
The freedom fighters were honoured by offering flower bouquets, traditional sashes and crests.
Senior jurist Kamal Hossain, addressing the ceremony, said that the independence had created opportunity to change the society in a positive way. ‘We have to use the opportunity.’
NotreDamian freedom fighter Mahfuz Anam, also the Daily Star editor, sharing his feelings said that they were fortunate that they could be involved in the country’s War of Independence.
‘A firm self-confidence and dream we had then. At that age, we had the dream of creating history, freeing the motherland. The joy cannot be compared,’ Mahfuz said.
Another NotreDamian freedom fighter ASM Shahidullah Khan, also the Club NotreDamians Bangladesh Limited president and the New Age editorial board chairman, shared that the Liberation War became a people’s war with the participation of a huge number of rural farmers and labours and their children as well as some urban people.
Journalist and cultural activist Kamal Lohani, Notre Dame University Bangladesh vice-chancellor Father Benjamin Costa and Club NotreDamians Bangladesh Limited secretary Sagar Lohani addressed the ceremony moderated by club’s founder member Ehsaan Ahmed.
Later, Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artist Rathindranath Roy sang five songs that used to be broadcast from the Kendra during the Liberation War.
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