The proclamation of independence accepted on April 10, 1971 should be included in the national curriculum to spread the fortitude of Liberation War among the youth, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
They also urged the government to “adopt a law like the laws against Holocaust denial”, so that no one can put “distort the history of the Liberation War”.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee organised the discussion at a conference room of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking the 48th anniversary of the proclamation of independence.
“The first government of Bangladesh was formed in April 17,  based on the April 10th proclamation of independence. It is not possible to write the history of Bangladesh excluding the history of April 10 and 17,” said agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzak while speaking as chief guest.
Barrister Turin Afroz presented a keynote at the event, while former Justice Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik presided over the programme.
Eminent jurist Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam, who wrote the proclamation, reminisced how it was adopted and the Mujibnagar government was formed.
“Equity, dignity and social justice were the essence of the politics of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” said Amir-Ul Islam.
Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury, widow of Shaheed Dr Alim Chowdhury said, “The proclamation of independence is the first constitution of Bangladesh… But BNP-Jamaat always lies about it.” Speakers also stressed on practicing democracy and upholding secularism to continue economic development of the country.