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July 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm



Ethnic and linguistic discrimination and economic neglect by the politically-dominant West Pakistan led to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. On March 7, 1971, Bangobandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave a speech at the Racecourse Ground and urged “his people” to turn every house into a fort of resistance. On 25 March 1971, the Operation Searchlight was crackdown by the brutal Pakistani invaders including a virtual massacre of the intelligentsia of Bangladesh. Bangobandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in his declaration of independence called upon the people to resist the occupation forces through a message in the first hour on 26 March 1971. On 26 March 1971, Bangladesh Betar was raised as “SWADHIN BANGLA BIPLOBI BETAR KENDRA” with the voice of impedance. With that broadcast the entire nation got back its confidence, courage of conviction and strong optimism. The broadcast was done from a 10 KW transmitter in Kalurghat Radio Station, Chittagong. During the whole period of Liberation War, Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra successfully carried out its intellectual war like an organized second front of the war of liberation and aired its patriotic songs which greatly inspired the freedom fighters and freedom seeking people. more

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