Bangamata was a source of encouragement and bravery for the Father of the Nation
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa helped Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman become a great leader.
"In a crisis moment, my mother had the unparalleled capacity to give the right decisions," the prime minster said, as quoted by UNB.
Sheikh Hasina made the comments while addressing a function to mark the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata, held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
She said timely decisions by Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa helped Bangladesh achieve independence.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest child of Bangabandhu and Bangamata, briefly recounted some incidents from Bangamata’s life. The historic March 7 speech in 1971 and the release of Bangabandhu in the Agartala conspiracy case are just some of the incidents where Bangamata played a crucial role.
Mourning her mother, Sheikh Hasina said: "The defeated forces, their companions, Pakistani occupational forces and their collaborators, the vested quarter that never wanted the liberation of the country, the hypocrites who betrayed the country, did not spare my mother on August 15."
She added that Bangamata was a source of encouragement and bravery for the Father of the Nation, always urging him to work for the development and welfare of people.
In addition to helping with decision making, Bangamata played a key role when Bangabandhu was in jail. She would tell Bangabandhu about the members and leaders of the party, and would also carry instructions from Bangabandhu to party leaders, the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina also mentioned the unique mental strength of Bangamata, as she had to contend with her husband being in a Pakistani jail and her sons fighting during the Liberation War.
Bangamata also played a role in establishing rehabilitation centres for women who were abused during the Liberation War, as well as other rebuilding efforts.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki presided over the function, which was organized by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairperson Rebeka Momen, Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Chairperson Momtaz Begum, and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs secretary Nasima Begum also spoke at the event.
MP and Advocate Fazilatunnesa was the keynote speaker, and a documentary on the life and work of Bangamata was played on the occasion.
Bangamata was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on August 15 in 1975.