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Joy’s birthday in 1975 was Bangabandhu’s last family function

  • Published at 01:35 am August 16th, 2018
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Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s birthday party on July 27, 1975 was the last family get-together that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman attended before his assassination. The photo, published by BSS, is collected

The young Joy posed for the picture wearing his grandfather’s cap, unaware that this would be his last close interaction with his grandfather

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman attended the birthday celebration of his grandsonSajeeb Wazed Joy on July 27 in 1975, which was in fact the last family function he attended in his life.

During the program, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib were photographed with Joy, who is the son of Bangabandhu’s daughter, incumbent Prime Minister, and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, reports BSS.

The young Joy posed for the picture wearing his grandfather’s cap, unaware that this would be his last close interaction with his grandfather.

Days after the birthday, Sheikh Hasina, her children Saima Wazed Hossain Putul and Sajeeb Wazed Joy, and her sister Sheikh Rehana left the country for Germany on July 30. Sheikh Hasina was unwilling to go, but had to do so after getting a phone call from her husband Dr MA Wazed Miah, who was then working there.

Recalling his memories as Bangabandhu’s private secretary, former governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Mohammed Farashuddin Ahmed said Bangabandhu’s family were in good cheer throughout the month of July in 1975.

In addition to Joy’s birthday celebration, which was a simple one, Bangabandhu also arranged the weddings of his sons –Sheikh Kamal and 

Sheikh Jamal–in July 1975, three and a half years after he assumed the office of president in the newborn Bangladesh. 

Having been an active politician since his student life, Bangabandhu always thought of the welfare of the people. He could spare very little time for his family members, including his father, mother, wife and children. 

He married off both his sons within three days of each other, and as per Bangabandhu’s directives and with Bangamata’s assistance, almost all of the gifts that were presented at Sheikh Kamal’s wedding were donated to the state treasury, Farashuddin said.

Bangabandhu’s eldest son Sheikh Kamal tied the knot with Sultana Ahmed Khuku, the youngest daughter of Dhaka University’s (DU) then executive engineer Dabir Uddin Ahmed, on July 14, 1975. Meanwhile, Sheikh Jamal married Rosy Jamal, daughter of Syed Hossain, on July 17, 1975.

However, just a month later, a group of conspirators would ensure that Bangabandhu’s family would never be together again.