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March 26: Bangladesh celebrates 49th Independence Day

March 26 commemorates Bangladesh's declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971. The major reason was discrimination in economic policies and governance. Pakistan comprised of East and West Pakistan after Independence from the British in 1947. Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan till 1971. In Pakistani general election, 1970, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Awami League, had won with a clear majority. Pakistan's military government, headed by Yahya Khan was not willing to hand over power. Negotiations held but ruling Punjabi leadership of West Pakistan never trusted Sheikh Mujib and did not fulfil promises made. Bangla-speaking people demanded independence and started the movement. To suppress the movement, Pakistan Army started Operation Searchlight. India had to intervene militarily as it was facing an influx of refugees from East Pakistan. Independence gained through 9-month war against Pakistan Army on 16 December 1971.

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