Another 6th August has come back to us with the horrendous and traumatic memories of the American nuclear bombardments on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities during the World War II. Till now it has been the most heinous nuclear attacks in history.
According to calculations from different agencies over 2,00,000 people, most of whom were civilians, were killed by the nuclear bombs dropped on these two cities on 6th and 9th August 1945 while the World War II was going on.
The nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima was called “Little Boy” but the devastation it triggered was monstrous. Deadly demolitions and casualties were caused by the bomb detonated on Nagasaki too.
This nuclear assault is the reflection that as long as powerful countries have nuclear weapons in their arsenals, the world and billions of people are not at all safe while unrest, violence, civil wars and armed conflicts are still ravaging different parts of the globe at this moment.
People all over the world observe 6th August to pay homage to the Japanese people who died on this terrible day during 1945. Movies, books, features and artworks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been launched in countless numbers by authors, directors, researchers, painters and military analysts from different countries. Still we can see nuclear enrichment program is going on in several countries.
Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe addressing the audiences on account of Hiroshima Day in 2017.
The volatile geopolitical plight between North Korea and the United States, the persistent disputes between India and Pakistan, the uranium enhancement project of Iran, the restless circumstances all over the Middle East and the continuous blood-spilling combats across Africa have been intimidating all the peace loving inhabitants on earth. Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day returns to us every year with the appeal to stop wars and to establish peace.
The current world is jeopardized by radical outfits, extremist groups, racist gangs and war hawks who pose grim threats to peace and stability all the time. It shows that leaders of some countries often become oblivious about the abysmal tragedy which was caused by the Hiroshima—Nagasaki catastrophe.
But we need to keep in mind the disasters that struck us in the past to ensure our security today and to make the world a better place to live for the generations to come.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un have recently held a meeting with each other which showed a ray of hope to the global masses. We look forward to a future world free of nuclear menace, free of war and inundated with peace and brotherhood among all nations.
From the perspective of Bangladesh, we fought a gruesome war during 1971 against Pakistan. Bangladesh became independent through the bloodbath of three million people who laid down their life during the Liberation War of 1971.
So, Bangladeshi people feel it deeply how it hurts to lose nearest and dearest ones during war. Bangladesh has always been upholding very strong and friendly relationship with Japan and the people of Bangladesh extend their heartfelt compassion to the Japanese citizens on the occasion of 6th August. Bangladesh also stands besides the bereaved descendants of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki martyrs with a mournful approach.
Ramesh Chandra, Secretary General of World Peace Council decorating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Julio Curie Peace Medal in 1973.
August is a dolorous month for Bangladesh too. Bangladesh lost its father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15th August 1975 who was assassinated on this day. Thus the pain of the people of Japan and Bangladesh converge in this particular month.
It deserves to be recollected that Bangabandhu all his life fought for peace and equal rights and he often denounced the atrocities caused to Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US nuclear bombs.
World Peace Council awarded Julio Curie Peace Prize to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his being a symbol of global peace on 23rd May 1973. The radiation caused by the nuclear bombs hurled on Hiroshima and Nagasaki continued to impact the people and atmosphere of Japan for decades after the attacks took place.
Former US President Barack Obama placed flowers in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during his visit to Japan in 2016.
Nuclear radioactivity is extremely hazardous for human beings and once a nuclear mishap occurs, the people all over that area suffer from its adverse effects for years after years. In this context it would not be out of place to refer to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that hit Ukraine on 26 April 1986 which caused a broad range of casualties and panic across the world at that time.
The Japanese people observe 6th August with solemnity and condolence commemorating the deaths of their fellow citizens during the nuclear explosion of 1945 on this date.
Museums, murals, paintings and sculptures are seen in different parts of Japan including Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities which illustrate the everlasting trauma and dismay sparked by the manmade calamity that pulverized Japan during the Second World War.
The major powers of the world should come up with an antiwar standpoint to halt bloodshed and killings everywhere without delay.
Right now we can see several countries suffering from the exodus of refugees who have been driven away from their home countries by incessant wars. Refugees from Libya, Palestine, Iraq, Syria and some more countries have entered different other countries seeking shelter.
People laying floral wreaths at a monument recalling the martyrs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bangladesh has also accommodated over one million Rohingya refugees who have moved into Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine province.
All the immortal leaders of the world like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa have all along laid emphasis on the constitution of peace for the comprehensive betterment of human beings.
The influential countries of the world as well as the members of United Nations Security Council have massive roles to play to settle up all the unresolved conflictual issues to pave the way for a placid, safe and blissful ambience across the planet. Peace is the only way to secure sustainable development and to place humanity on top of all other agenda.
The writer is Editor-in-Chief, The Asian Age.