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Digitizing patriotism: Bangabandhu in the digital space

  • Published at 02:35 am August 15th, 2018
Screenshot of mobile app Bangabandhu
Screenshot of mobile app Bangabandhu

Historians believe that these apps can play a key role educating people about the ideology of Bangabandhu. They also match the government’s vision of digitizing the nation

In an effort to further spread nationalist sentiment and love for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, local software developers have developed educational apps based on his life and achievements.

Historians believe that these apps can play a key role educating people about the ideology of Bangabandhu. They also match the government’s vision of digitizing the nation.

“Since we are living in a digital era, there is no doubt that we will be better able to reach people through the digital space than by using pen and paper,” said Mustafa Jabbar, minister of Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology.

Developed as part of the ICT Division’s National Apps project and launched on August 15, 2014, an Android app called “Bangabandhu” has the highest number of downloads (50,000) among the apps on the Father of the Nation. The app has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Google’s Play Store.

MCC Ltd, the software firm that developed the Android app, was also supposed to build a version for iPhones, but it is not yet available.

Minister Mustafa Jabbar explained that the primary focus had been to develop apps for Android users, as they make up the majority of smartphone users in Bangladesh.

The app contains audio and video clips on various events in Bangabandhu’s life, as well as written summaries, and YouTube videos, of some of his famous interviews. 

It also contains information on Bangabandhu’s childhood and his role in political movements prior to the Liberation War, along with his speeches and personal letters.

The app also features a photo gallery containing 113 rare pictures of Bangabandhu.

Maps of Dhanmondi’s Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and Tungipara’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Museum can also be found on the app.

It also showcases: Bangabandhu’s speech ahead of the 1970 general election in Pakistan; his historic speech on March 7, 1971; his speech upon arrival to an independent Bangladesh on January 10, 1972; his UN General Assembly address on September 25, 1974—which he delivered in Bangla; and his speech when he received the Julio Curie Award on May 23, 1973, among others.

“I found the app to be very useful to obtain accurate and updated information about the Father of the Nation—right in the palm of my hand,” said a user who downloaded the app to learn more about Bangabandhu on the month of his death anniversary.

Another user left a comment on the store thanking the developer for creating the software, and making it easy and efficient for people to learn about Bangabandhu whenever they want to.

The Google Play store currently hosts an additional 22 apps related to Bangabandhu— most of which have good ratings and reviews.

Most of the apps focus on making excerpts from the Father of the Nation’s unfinished autobiography available to the general public. Others include basic history lessons about the Liberation War, information on Bangabandhu’s role in the independence of Bangladesh, as well as pictures of Bangabandhu to be set as wallpapers on any smartphone.

Users can download the “Bangabandhu” app from the following link.