In terms of national events, most of us won't be experiencing anything nearly as important as the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence in our lifetimes. The weight of history is ever growing, and a landmark anniversary offers the opportunity to truly sit back and reflect on the past, and maybe even peek into a future.
This landmark also offers a remarkable situation – today, you don't have to consider yourself lucky if you meet someone who has lived through our struggle for independence. 50 years later, that will not be the case. Today, Bangladesh is a mix of the elderly who look at this country as a miracle that took millions of lives to achieve, and a young population who look at Bangladesh as a platform that took 50 years to build, with endless possibilities ahead.
It is essential that the road ahead is paved using the knowledge and input of both these groups, that both these perspectives are respected. As the first hand memories of the war start to dwindle, we must be careful to not forget our humble and turbulent beginnings. We must also be careful that we are not hung up on the past, because otherwise, the world will pass us by.