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Give it back to those who had it on the first Baisakh

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But the first Baisakh and the Bengali calendar which belonged to farmers, workers, small traders, were the potters, blacksmiths, weavers, jolars, bamboo-cane artisans who sat all year round looking for the way to the fair, the New Year must be returned to them. Rathindranath Roy's song used to play from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, still plays:
Of the poor, the destitute, the fakir
All of the young and old
My country belongs to all people.

And the same can be said about the New Year. New Year is for everyone.

This Bangladesh should not only belong to the robber rich, not to the bank owners, not to the bank robbers, not to the bureaucracy, not to the merchant class, not to the corporate moguls. Bangabandhu used to say that the sad people of this country should smile. In order to do that, discrimination must be reduced. Looting, money laundering, bank robbery, corruption must be stopped.
This Bangladesh is not only for Bengalis, not only for men, not only for Muslims. This Bangladesh belongs to the non-Bengalis, our peoples, our small ethnic groups, even the Urdu speakers – this Bangladesh belongs to all Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and this Bangladesh is not only for men but also for women.

In Nirmalendu Guna's poem, all these alphabets must be taken in the house of the landless.
Today we will say that all these New Year's joys should be taken to Bengal's farmers' houses, workers' houses, day laborers' houses, small ethnic groups' houses, remote areas, pastures of Kurigram, coastal towns of Sundarbans, remote hill settlements of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Happy New Year 2031.


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