"The mass upsurge of 1969 played a vital role in preparing the nation for the Liberation War in 1971. The sixties were a golden decade of the country when nationalism grew up among the people. The decade was a turning point of our history,” Prof Emeritus Dr Anisuzzaman told the publication ceremony of "Shater Doshoker Gonojagoron" by Shekhor Dutta, in the capital's Moni-Singh-Farhad Memorial Trust yesterday.
"The leaders played a vital role in uniting people to stand up against the ruling authorities of the erstwhile East Pakistan," Anisuzzaman said, adding that common people and students were the key players who faced all kinds of tortures and repressions.
“Even when the leaders were hesitant about violating curfew, common people showed courage to break curfew without thinking about the consequences,” he further added.
Commemorating the history, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said the author had tried to put the real history in the book.
“We didn't let the bloods of martyrs of 60s go in vain. We had been successful to get Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman freed from jail,” he added.
The 685-page book has three sections; course of events, evaluation and effects.
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad President Ayesha Khanam said the information of the 60s should be included in the school textbooks to teach new generation about the history of the country.
Noted author Selina Hossain presided over the programme.
Awami League presidium member Nooh-ul-Alam Lenin, Moni-Singh-Farhad Memorial Trust's Trustee Member Mahbub Zaman, and Oikya Nap President Pankaj Bhattacharya, among others, spoke at the ceremony.