Soviet recognition to Bangladesh and a pledge to peace

Udisa Islam
Published : 23:18, Jan 24, 2020 | Updated : 23:20, Jan 24, 2020

Bangladesh began with the policy of amity towards all. Bangladesh’s position was bolstered by recognition from Soviet Union. The most powerful guerilla force in the country the Kaderia force laid down their arms in front of Bangabandhu and pledged to come back to take up weapons for the need of the motherland.
On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu said he wants to see Bangladesh as the Switzerland of the east. “If we can create an environment of living harmoniously then peace will prevail,”
Foreign minister Abul Kalam Azad, said: “Bangladesh does not want to get into conflict with anyone.”
On this day BSS reported that of the powerful countries Soviet Union gave the first recognition to Bangladesh. Soviet consul general Popov met Bangabandhu in Tangail.
Bangabandhu called on the people to build a peaceful progressive society. On Jan 24 in Tangail the first rally outside the capital was held. At the rally, Bangabandhu said: “Pakistan has destroyed Bangladesh and now it the time for reconstruction.”
He also asked all members of the Mutki Bahini to submit weapons by Jan 31.
Regarding the future of the freedom fighters, Bangabandhu said: “They will join the police and the militia.”
Head of the Kaderia Bahini, Kader Siddique said in Tangail: “I feel grateful to have submitted weapons to Bangabandhu; we took up arms at his call to free the country.”
The papers printed special supplements recalling this day three years ago when in 1969, the youth came out on the streets to rise against Ayub Khan and Monem Sahi.
It was decided that the language for use at court will be Bengali. The decision was also taken to issue all government gazettes in Bengali.