Narsingdi has a unique role in every movement. Narsingdi has been rich since ancient times. Evidence of this can be found after the discovery of the archeology of Wari-Bateshwar.
Narsingdi also played an important role in the six-point movement.
The Six Point Movement is a historical and important political event in Bangladesh. At a conference of opposition political parties held in Lahore, Pakistan on 5 and 6 February 1966, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on behalf of the Awami League, made a “6-point demand” for the establishment of autonomy in East Pakistan.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman reached Lahore, Pakistan on 4 February and on the following day, 5 February, he made a six-point demand. Sheikh Mujib was portrayed as a separatist in the February 8 newspaper. As a result, he boycotted the February 8 conference. At the meeting of the working committee of the Awami League on 21 February 1966, the program of the movement was collected with the aim of realizing the six-point proposal and demand.
A pamphlet on the six-point program featuring the roles of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Tajuddin Ahmed was published. Whose name was six points ঃ our demand for survival. On 23 February, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman presented six points at the Opposition Conference. Then on March 17, a pamphlet titled ‘Demand for our survival: 6-point program’ was distributed in the council session of Awami League in the name of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On March 23, six points were formally raised in line with the Lahore resolution.
The main purpose of the six-point demand is that Pakistan will be a federal state, giving each state of the federal state full autonomy on the basis of a six-point program.
The basis of the six-point program was the historic Lahore resolution of 1940. Later, the movement for the autonomy of the Bengali nation was intensified with this 6-point demand. This movement is so important for Bangladesh that it is also called Magna Carta or the Charter of Liberation of the Bengali Nation.
Every year on June 8, ‘6 Point Day’ is celebrated in Bangladesh. On June 6, 1966, a massive mass movement was started in the country in support of the 6-point demand. A total of 11 Bengalis including Manu Mia, Shafiq, Shamsul Haque and Mujibul Haque were martyred in the firing of police and EPR in Tongi, Dhaka and Narayanganj during the strike called by Awami League on this day. Manu Mia of Sylhet was the first martyr of the 6-point movement.
Rehman Sobhan, Nurul Islam and other prominent intellectuals prepared a six-point draft.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is returning from Lahore with Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia after submitting a six-point demand.
Proposal – 1: Administrative structure and nature of the state:
Pakistan must be transformed into a federation by drafting a constitution based on the Lahore resolution, with a parliamentary system of government and a legislature elected by adult citizens;
Proposal 2: Powers of the Central Government:
The power of the central government will be limited to only two areas – national defense and foreign policy. In all other respects the power of the member states will be absolute.
Proposal – 3: Monetary power:
In the case of currency, any one of the following two proposals may be accepted: – (a) Two separate, yet freely exchangeable currencies will be in circulation for the whole country. However, in that case, the regime should have effective measures to stop the smuggling of capital from East Pakistan to West Pakistan. In this case, a separate banking reserve should be established for East Pakistan and a separate monetary policy should be introduced for West Pakistan.
Proposal – 4: Revenue, Tax, or Customs Powers:
The states of the federation will have sovereign power to levy taxes or duties. The central government will not have the power to impose any tax. However, the central government will be entitled to a portion of the state revenue to meet the necessary expenditure. The central government’s fund will be made up of the same percentage of all state taxes collected at the same rate.
Proposal – 5: Foreign Trade Power:
(A) Separate accounts of foreign trade of each State of the Federation shall be maintained.
(B) Foreign exchange earned through foreign trade will remain under the jurisdiction of the States.
(C) The demand for foreign exchange required for the Center will be met by the States at the same rate or at a more unanimous rate.
(D) There shall be no tariff or tax-restriction in the movement of domestic goods between the member states.
(E) The constitution should give the states the power to send their trade representatives abroad and to conclude trade agreements in their own interest.
Proposal 6: Power to form regional armies:
In order to maintain regional cohesion and governance, the constitution must give member states the power to form and maintain paramilitary or regional armies under their authority.
In Narsingdi there was a movement with six points. Narsingdi’s two sons were accused in the Agartala conspiracy case. They are Brigadier ANM Nuruzzaman, Bir Uttam, Sergeant Abdul Jalil.
Brigadier General A. N. M Nuruzzaman (1937-1993) was a military officer and Sector Commander of the Liberation War. He has served as the ‘Sector Commander’ of Sector 3 comprising 10 sub-sectors. The Bangladesh government awarded him the title of ‘Bir Uttam’ for his unparalleled bravery in the war of independence.
After the war of liberation in 1972, he was appointed director of the newly formed National Guard. At the end of 1975, the government abolished this force. After the change of pot in 1975, his job was assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his tenure at the State Department, he served in Australia, the Philippines, Senegal, Canada, and Sweden.
He passed away on 16 March 1993 in Stockholm while serving as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden. He was buried in the military cemetery in Dhaka.
Dhaka City Corporation has named a road in Dhaka after him as Biruttam ANM Nuruzzaman Road.
Flight Sergeant (Retd.) Born: March 20, 1935) was one of the accused and heroic freedom fighters of the Agartala case who was born in the village of Sararabad (Dakshin Para) of Sallabad Union of Raipura Police Station (now Belabo Upazila) of Narsingdi under the Narayanganj subdivision of the then British India.