:: Dr. Kazi Ertaza Hassan ::
Yesterday was the 7th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), one of the oldest student wing in the subcontinent also student wing of Awami League.
The student wing has played vital role in our liberation war. They celebrated their founding anniversary in the city and elsewhere across the country in a festive mood. The largest student organization having glorious heritage of struggle and success, the BCL came into being on January 4 in 1948 at the instruction of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a view to attaining the country’s independence.
The BCL has been leading all democratic and progressive movements in the country since its foundation in 1948. This organization attained victory in all struggles in exchange for great sacrifices. The BCL played pioneering roles in the language movement in 1952, in the victory of Jukta Front in 1954 polls, anti-Aiyub movement in 1958, education movement in 1964, six-point movement in 1966, mass upsurge in 1969, elections in 1970, the great Liberation War in 1971, rehabilitation activities in post-war Bangladesh, movement for restoration of democracy after 1975 changeover, student movement in 1983 and anti-autocratic movement in 1990.
The BCL was also engaged in the movement launched by Sheikh Hasina against the ‘state terrorism’ unleashed by the then BNP-Jamaat alliance government after the 2001 polls. The BCL also waged a strong movement after the one-eleven change over when the army-backed government arrested Sheikh Hasina on July 16 in 2007 without any reason. Now the BCL is working relentlessly to implement Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s programme for building a digital Bangladesh.