Martyred Asad; a forgotten hero
Humayun Ahmed has dedicated one of his books 'Matal Hawa' written on the background of 'Martyred Asad'. His full name is Amanullah Mohammad Asaduzzaman.
He was a student activist. Amanullah was interested in the educational rights of the poor and powerless and helpless. He died during a protest at the hands of police. His blood-stained shirt was the driving force of the mass movement of the seventies. The name that is lightening in the history of independence of Bangladesh is the name of Martyred Asad.
A heroic boy who was brave and a patriot. The blood-stained shirt painted in the color of the red flag of this country is also the shirt of Asad. Asad was born on 10 June 1942 in Dhanua village of Shibpur police station in Narsandi district.
He completed his secondary school studies from Shivpur High School and joined the present Jagannath University. In 1967, he was Obtained M.A degree. After studying at city law college in Dhaka, Asad sat in 1968 for a second M.A exam in an effort to receive a better result.
At the time of death in 1969, he was in the final year of his M.A. at Dhaka university’s department of History. Many movements are involved in the history of Bangladesh's independence. As the conspiracy to impose the Urdu language on the East Pakistanis, they adopted various strategies to suppress us.
Their constant tendency toward power raise independence consciousness against the oppression gradually and it led to the freedom movement finally. Due to this, several major movements took place in the country at that time. Continuation of democratic process is very important for a country to move forward freely.
After the heinous murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, democracy suffered for a long time. The name of martyred Asad is written in golden letters along with the movement in the background of the freedom struggle.
On January 20, 1969, the student leader Asad died by police firing while leading the march of the 11-point program of the students of this country against the dictator Ayub Khan government.
On January 20, 1969, a strike was called to protest the implementation of 11 points and the torture of the EPR. In an effort to suppress that strike and movement, the provincial government of Monayem Khan imposed Section 144. Around 12 noon, a huge procession of thousands of people broke the 144 and came down on the street.
On this day, Amanullah Mohammad Asaduzzaman was leading a procession from the front. He was dead by police firing. He was shot from very close range. Seriously injured, he was admitted to the hospital but he was declared dead.
The day of Asad's death was declared as Martyr Asad Day to commemorate Asad's sacrifice. Asad's lives sacrifice in the streets, mass uprising, absolute victory in the general elections, non-handover of power and above all the liberation war at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, then the surrender of the Pakistani invading forces are tied together.
The six points of the Awami League and the 11 points called by the student society in the name of the tide of people from all walks of life in the country. They have only one dream in mind. This is Freedom. Ayub Khan fell in a popular uprising and another dictator, Yahya Khan came to power.
He announced the general election.
The spirit of liberation which Bengalis had inspired into the liberation war with the hope of liberation, took place in the hearts of Bengalis two years ago. Asad's blood-stained red shirt was no ordinary shirt then. It was the color of our freedom, the flag of our free country.
Asad's diary written in 1968 reveals the identity of his revolutionary conception. Asad's thinking was about this country.
He cherished the freedom of the common people of this country in his heart. Who knew that his thought would one day become the dream of millions of people and liberate this country in the form of a liberation war?
After 1952, Asad’s death taught to the ruling group that the people of this country can give blood for freedom.
The oppressors wanted movement stop in the country by shooting Asad. In the poems of the poet, in the writings of the writer, the name of Shaheed Asad is written in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh today. Assad's courage, patriotism shows the way for the liberating youth.
Before the liberation war, Assad's sacrifice inspired millions of freedom-seeking Assad in this country. Asad then entered the heart of the youth who dreamed of liberation. Asad is therefore not just an ordinary student leader; Asad's bloody shirt is therefore not just an ordinary bloody shirt.
Self-sacrificing freedom-minded people like martyred Asad have been singing the praises of freedom for ages. They hate the subjugation and make others dream of freedom. Asad is the symbol of Bangladesh's independence and Asad's blood-soaked shirt is the color of the country's beloved flag.
The writer is a, Essayist & columnist Pabna