Life of a Freedom Fighter
Introduction: Bangladesh came into being in 1971 through a bloody Liberation War. Since then, the word “freedom fighter has become a household word throughout the country. The freedom fighters of our country had shed a sea of blood to liberate the country from the clutches of the occupation forces. They had a dream to make an exploitation-free society but as ill-luck would have it, their dream has still been a far cry. Rather, some of them are dragging a miserable existence as their dream of an exploitation-free society could not be translated into reality. It is an irony of fate that in the past many of them did not get their due honour. Here is a brief description of the life of a freedom fighter of the country. I Description :
An uncountable number of people had registered their names in the list of freedom fighters in response to the call of the motherland. Zahir Uddin was one of them who took part in several skirmishes under the command of the then Capt. ASM Nasim who had been promoted to the rank of Lt. General and became the Chief of Army Staff. Later on, prior to Victory Day, he took part in a bloody battle against the Pakistani occupation forces at Teliapara and fought heroically as a result of which he had lost one of his legs and accordingly became lame and unfit to work.
His later life :
Since he became crippled, he was not able to work hard. But he had a family consisting of six members. After the assassination of Banga Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, the government led by the other political parties, except the Awami League, appeared to take an indifferent attitude towards the freedom fighters. No wonder, he was not favoured with any financial benefit to allow him to keep his body and soul together. In order to earn a living, he started a grocery shop but fortune was plotting against him. Then he started begging to maintain the family but the days went ill with him and they remained ill-fed and ill-clad. He could not bear the clutches of abject poverty anymore and one night he committed suicide taking poison to say goodbye to this unfeeling world where love, affection and sympathy are non-existent. This is in brief the life of a great son of the soil who brought us independence, dignity and honour but in return, we gave him nothing except neglect and frustration.
Present scenario :
Now, a change is taking place. At present, the Awami League is in state power. They are committed to translating the dreams of the freedom fighters into reality and the freedom fighters are being favoured with some financial benefits in order to enable them to lead a dignified life as a result of which they are held in high esteem in society. But, it is a matter of great regret that freedom fighter Zahir Uddin could not see the present state of affairs.
The freedom fighters are the great sons of the soil. They joined the Liberation War with a dream. Their dream should be turned into reality at any cost. At the same time, attempts should be made so that no freedom fighters face the late of Zahir Uddin, our beloved freedom fighter.