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104th Birth Anniversary of Bangabandhu

Remembering the architect of a nation

His vision, courage, and unwavering commitment to the ideals of democracy, secularism, and equality laid the foundation for the birth of Bangladesh

Update : 17 Mar 2024, 02:27 PM

As Bangladesh marks the 104th birth anniversary of its beloved leader, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the nation pauses to reflect on the extraordinary life and enduring legacy of the father of the nation.

Born a century and four years ago in the quaint village of Tungipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s journey from a humble beginning to the pinnacle of leadership is nothing short of remarkable. 

His vision, courage, and unwavering commitment to the ideals of democracy, secularism, and equality laid the foundation for the birth of Bangladesh.

In the face of adversity and oppression, Bangabandhu emerged as a beacon of hope for millions, leading the struggle for independence with unparalleled determination and resilience. 

His historic speech on March 7, 1971, echoing the sentiments of a nation yearning for freedom, ignited the flame of liberation that ultimately led to the birth of Bangladesh.

Throughout his life, Bangabandhu’s leadership was characterized by his deep empathy for the people of Bangladesh. 

From his early activism in the language movement to his relentless pursuit of justice and equality, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the welfare of his fellow citizens.

Even in the darkest hours of the Liberation War, Bangabandhu’s unwavering resolve inspired millions to rise up against tyranny and oppression. 

His vision for a free and prosperous Bangladesh galvanized a nation to unite in the face of adversity and forge a path to independence.

As Bangabandhu’s 104th birth is celebrated, it’s imperative to honor his memory by reinvigorating our dedication to the principles he cherished. Efforts should be directed towards constructing a Bangladesh that embodies his legacy—an entity founded on the principles of justice, equality, and respect for all.

Bangabandhu’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations to strive for a better tomorrow, guided by the timeless principles of peace, progress, and prosperity.

Bangabandhu’s remarkable journey began in the early 20th century, amidst the backdrop of colonial rule and socio-political turmoil. 

Born on March 17, 1920, to Sheikh Lutfar Rahman and Sayera Khatun, in a respected Muslim family, young Mujib exhibited leadership qualities from an early age.

His parents played a pivotal role in his education, instilling in him a sense of empathy, compassion, and a deep-rooted commitment to social justice. 

Despite facing challenges due to an eye ailment during his schooling years, Bangabandhu excelled academically, completing his matriculation from Gopalganj Missionary School in 1942.

Following his schooling, Bangabandhu pursued higher education at Calcutta Islamia College, where he became actively involved in student politics. 

His leadership skills and passion for social reform quickly gained recognition, leading to his election as the general secretary of the college students’ union in 1946.

His political awakening coincided with the tumultuous events of the partition of India in 1947, which saw the creation of East and West Pakistan. 

Inspired by the ideals of democracy and self-determination, he joined the Bengal Provincial Muslim League and later became a member of the All-India Muslim League Council.

The partition of India brought about significant socio-political changes, leading to widespread discrimination and oppression in East Pakistan. 

In response to these injustices, Bangabandhu actively participated in the Language Movement of 1948, advocating for the recognition of Bangla as the state language of Pakistan.

His unwavering commitment to the cause of linguistic and cultural rights earned him widespread admiration and respect among the people of East Pakistan. 

In 1953, Bangabandhu was elected as the general secretary of the East Pakistan Awami Muslim League, later renamed the Awami League, marking the beginning of his illustrious political career.

His leadership and organizational skills were put to the test during the tumultuous events of the 1960s, marked by growing discontent and demands for greater autonomy in East Pakistan. 

His unwavering commitment to the cause of freedom and justice earned him the title of Bangabandhu, the Father of the Nation, by unanimous acclamation. 

In 1966, he presented his famous Six-Point Charter, outlining the key demands for autonomy and economic rights for the people of East Pakistan.

His bold stance against the oppressive regime of General Ayub Khan led to his imprisonment in the infamous Agartala Conspiracy Case. 

Despite facing persecution and adversity, Bangabandhu remained undeterred in his pursuit of justice and equality for the people of Bangladesh.

The mass movement that followed his imprisonment galvanized the nation, culminating in the historic election victory of the Awami League in 1970. 

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