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Preparations in progress to celebrate Bangabandhu's birth centenary

  • Published at 01:13 am August 15th, 2019
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Several meetings have been held to chalk out plans for the celebrations, and Awami League President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, sat with central party leaders to discuss the programs to observe 2020–2021 as 'Mujib Year'

The Awami League-led government is preparing to celebrate the centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth, with year long programs both at home and abroad.

Several meetings have been held to chalk out plans for the celebrations, and Awami League President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, sat with central party leaders to discuss the programs to observe 2020–2021 as "Mujib Year."

The prime minister in July last year announced that the programs will include both government and party initiatives. 

She also announced the publishing of a book on Bangabandhu, based on the Pakistani intelligence report on his political activities from 1947 to 1971. Two more books, one on the Agartala Conspiracy Case court proceedings and another on his visit to China in 1952, will also be published.

According to the prime minister, various programs such as essay, art, and cultural competitions will be organized at educational institutions throughout the Mujib Year.

Bangabandhu's Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee President and Chief Coordinator, Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, told Dhaka Tribune that the programs have been chalked out taking into consideration all important national days throughout the year.

Eight committees, including a publication committee, an international affairs committee, a film committee, a media and sports committee, are all working to organize the celebrations. The committees will work in Bangladesh as well as abroad. 

“There will be an inauguration program on March 7, 2020, and the programs will end on March 26, 2021.” 

Two national committees have already been formed: one for planning and another for implementing the plans.

Dr Kamal added that international level cricket and football tournaments will be held to celebrate the centenary year.

The Youth and Sports ministry has planned sports events, including a football match between two European teams, two T20 cricket matches with the participation of Asian and World stars, and an athletics meet to celebrate Mujib Year.

A number of memorial books and short films will be published. “The nation will also celebrate historically significant days with great importance during this time,” Dr Kamal said.

A number of seminars on Bangabandhu’s life and work will be organized in the country and abroad. The Antarjatik Kolkata Boi Mela will be dedicated to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

According to sources, the making of a Bangla film on the life and work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has already begun.

A compilation of reports by Pakistan’s intelligence agency on Bangabandhu will be nine thousand pages long, with 14 sections. 

The party will collect information about the Father of the Nation from across the country, especially the letters he wrote to his party leaders and activists, as well as rare pictures of him, for display at various programs across the country.

Sources said the Foreign Ministry will arrange seminars and workshops on Bangabandhu at different universities across the world.