We have become accustomed to a curious term: “the spirit of the Liberation War.” From politicians to general people, they often vow to protect and uphold the spirit of the war. However, seldom do we stop to contemplate as to what the spirit of the Liberation War really means.
To me, the spirit of the Liberation War is all about standing up against injustice, discrimination and inequality. The true spirit of our glorious war, which resulted in our independence as a nation, means the rule of law, freedom (of speech, thoughts and expression) and democracy. Today, we are free from the oppressive regime of Pakistan. But as a nation, have we yet realised what “freedom” in its truest sense means? That, I believe, is a question we must ask ourselves.
Tahfeem Ahsan, University of Chittagong