'Bangabandhu, born on March 17 in 1920 at Tongipara of Goplagang, was an ephemeral great man and from his childhood was extremely humane but uncompromising on attaining the rights'
President M Abdul Hamid said that the ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would help new generation contribute to nation-building tasks.
“Bangabandhu is not amidst us . . . but his ideals are our eternal source of inspiration,” said President in his televised address on the ‘Mujib Year’, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday.
Noting that Bangabandhu was the symbol of principle and ideology, Abdul Hamid said his books, including ‘Unfinished Memoirs’ and ‘Prison Life’ would help new generation to know about the life and works of Bangabandhu.
Being imbued with the ideal of the Father of the Nation, he categorically said the young generation would contribute to nation-building in days to come, reports BSS.
Hamid also said that the principles and ideals of Bangabandhu should spread from generation to generation.
He said: “Mujib Barsha’s pledge should be to continue united efforts, being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War, to complete the unfinished tasks of Father of the Nation and turn the country into Sonar Bangla.”
At the very outset of his speech, the President paid a glowing tribute to Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangali of thousand years, and simultaneously thanked countrymen and expatriate Bangladeshis for celebrating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu amid festivity and joyous manner in Bangladesh and all Bangladesh missions abroad.
President said: “Bangabandhu, born on March 17 in 1920 at Tongipara of Goplagang, was an ephemeral great man and from his childhood was extremely humane but uncompromising on attaining the rights.”
“In the early forties of the last century, as a young student leader Bangabandhu came into contact with Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sher-e-Bangla A K Fazlul Haque and Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.” Hamid mentioned.
Recalling his long successful political career, President Hamid, a very close aide of the Father of the Nation, said that Bangabandhu led all democratic and freedom movements, including Sarbodolio Rashtrobhasa Sangram Parishad (All Party State Language Action Committee) in 1948, Language Movement in 1952, Jukta-Front Election in 1954, movement against Martial Law in 1958, Six-Point Movement in 1966, Mass Upsurge in 1969 and General Elections in 1970.
He continued saying: “The great leader was sent to jail several times and had to bear inhuman sufferings for his active participation in those movements. Despite manifold challenges, he did never compromise with the Pakistani rulers on the question of establishing the rights of Bengalis.”
Referring to the 7th March Speech at the then Race Course Maidan, Hamid said: “The speech united the entire nation as one. UNESCO has recognized the 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu as part of the “World’s Documentary Heritage” and included it in the “Memory of the World International Register” on October 30, 2017 while the Newsweek Magazine in its April 5, 1971 issue termed Bangabandhu as the “Poet of Politics” for this historic address.”
On the black night of March 25, he said that when Pakistani invaders swooped on the innocent and unarmed Bengalis, the Father of the Nation proclaimed the long-cherished Independence on 26th March in 1971.
“We achieved ultimate victory on December 16, 1971 through a nine-month armed struggle under the leadership of Bangabandhu,” the President said.
“Bangla, Bangladesh and Bangabandhu have become a common entity for his outstanding contribution to the country and its people,” President Hamid observed.