Edward Kennedy might not mean like a very knowing person in the Bangladeshi community but after his death at the age of 77, the Bangladeshi community is suffering from the pain of his death. Senator Edward Kennedy was a man who supported the Bangladeshi Liberation War when all over America was opposing it. He bought the cries of the refugees in the media for the World to look at it and say what they thought about it.
Kennedy died from a long fight in cancer at the age of 77. He was called the "Lion of the Senate" who had gotten into politics after his brothers were assassinated. PM Hasina quoted "the people of Bangladesh will remember his contribution forever." Khaleda Zia said "a humanist and democratic personality" to
Edward Kennedy after his death.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said "Kennedy's ability to work across the political divide had earned him respect from all across the globe, not his name. His absence will be felt not only in the United States, but far beyond." She also phrased him with "legend and a true champion of freedom, liberty and human values". Even though the American government opposed the Liberation War, he always sided with the Bangladeshis.
"He went to the post-war refugee camps in Bangladesh on February 14-15, 1972 and visited mass graves to pay homage for our martyrs," Faruk Chowdhury. "Kennedy was on the first list of our foreign friends, who visited Bangladesh soon after independence." The government officials of the United States said "Our government has failed to denounce the suppression of democracy. Our government has failed to denounce atrocities," Consul General Archer Blood wrote in one of many telegrams from Dhaka to the U.S. State Department questioning American policy. "But we have chosen not to intervene, even morally, on the grounds that the ... conflict, in which unfortunately the overworked term 'genocide' is applicable, is purely an internal matter of a sovereign state."
This was called the Blood Telegram which told about his personallity on how it changed the way it was left. His report called the "Crisis in South Asia" told the stories of how life was in misery in the South Asian countries. After the 1971's war, he went to Dhaka to deliver a speech where the students cried "Joi Bangla. Joi Kennedy" out for him. He said that the Bangladeshi Liberation War and the American Revolution were all similar type, judging the way how they shared the same pain.
He quoted to the Bangladeshis "Even though the United States government does not recognize you, the people of the world do recognize you." His planted Banyan Tree is still standing at the position where he planted it.
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