Muktijoddha Sangsad

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Muktijoddha Sangsad
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AbbreviationJamuka
Named afterLiberation war of Bangladesh
FormationFebruary 13, 1972; 50 years ago (1972-02-13)[1]
TypeNon-political welfare organization for Liberation war of Bangladesh
HeadquartersRupnagar Road
Official language
Bengali
Websitewww.molwa.gov.bd

Muktijoddha Sangsad a non-political welfare association of the combatants during the Bangladesh Liberation War formed on 13 February 1972. The organisation has a football club, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC, named after itself.[2][3]

History[edit]

After the Partition of India, East Bengal (present Bangladesh) became a province of Pakistan, later named East Pakistan. The relation between East and West Pakistan deteriorated after the partition. In 1970 Pakistan general election was won by the East Pakistan-based Awami League which was led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Pakistan Military government refused to handover power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On 25 March 1971 Pakistan military launched Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan, attacking political opponents in East Pakistan and starting the Bangladesh Liberation war. The Mukti Bahini was formed by Bengali personal of Pakistani security forces and civilians to fight for the Independence of Bangladesh and was commanded by the Mujibnagar government, the Bangladesh government in exile. Bangladesh became an independent country on 16 December 1971 through the signing of Pakistani Instrument of Surrender.[4]

During the 9 months' struggling, Bangladesh became independent on December 16, 1971. About 3 million people had died and about 0.3 million women were raped by Pakistan military and allied paramilitaries.[5] Muktijoddha Sangsad was formed on February 13, 1972 to preserve the memories of the Bangladesh Liberation war and look after the welfare of former Members of the Mukti Bahini. The aim of the organization is to find out living freedom fighters and give them national recognition. It formed the Muktijodda Kalyan Trust was formed to look after the welfare of Mukti Bahini members. It worked to ensure that they were able to access the 30% quota on government jobs and that they had indemnity from criminal cases filed against them before 28 February 1972 during the Bangladesh Liberation war.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarkar, Swapan Kumar (2012). "Muktijoddha Sangsad". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "Muktis avoid relegation". The Daily Star. 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  3. "Farashganj into last eight". The Daily Star. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  4. "War of Liberation, The - Banglapedia". en.banglapedia.org. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  5. Bangladesh and Global Studies (Textbook) (in Bengali) (2017 ed.). Bangladesh Government. 2010. p. 25. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png