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Mawlana Bhasani's 139th birth anniversary observed

  • Published at 02:10 am December 13th, 2019
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Teachers and officials of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University at Santosh in Tangail place wreaths at the grave of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani on the occasion of the great national leader's 139th birth anniversary on Thursday, December 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

On the occasion, various political parties and socio-cultural organizations arranged separate programs

The 139th birth anniversary of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, a legendary politician and dreamer of independent Bangladesh, was observed on Thursday in Tangail with due respect.

On the occasion, various political parties and socio-cultural organizations arranged separate programs.

Bhashani's family members and teachers, students, officials and employees of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University placed wreaths and offered fateha at his grave in Santosh in the morning.

Besides, discussions and recitations from the holy Quran were arranged by his followers by his graveside.

Bhashani was born in 1880 at Dhanpara village of Sirajganj district. His father was Haji Sharafat Ali Khan. Apart from a few years of education at the local school and madrasa, he did not receive much formal education. 

He began his career as a primary school teacher at Kagmari in Tangail and then worked in a madrasa at village Kala (Haluaghat) in Mymensingh district.

Popularly known as ‘Majlum Jananeta’ (leader of the downtrodden), Bhashani was popular for his fight against imperialism and oppression by Pakistani rulers.

Bhashani was the founder and president of the Pakistan Awami Muslim League which later became Awami League. He also formed a progressive political organisation called National Awami Party (NAP).

He played a vital leading role in the 1969 mass uprising. He also led the historic Farakka March in 1976 to ensure Bangladesh's right to the fair share of the Ganges River water.

The brave and devoted leader of the common people worked relentlessly and spent almost his entire life for the oppressed masses, which earned him the title “Mazlum Jananeta.” The eminent political leader passed away on November 17, 1976.