Eminent citizens, well-wishers, friends, and family gathered at the Sonargaon Hotel in the capital Dhaka on Thursday to celebrate the 80th birthday of renowned lawyer and the principal drafter of the constitution, Dr Kamal Hossain.
Dr Hossain who, among many other achievements in his illustrious career as a jurist, politician, and champion for human rights, served as law minister and foreign minister for the government of Bangladesh and was imprisoned alongside Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971 spoke near the end of an emotional evening.
“People often say that I am too simple and straightforward a man for politics,” he said, adding that the only way to succeed in politics was to be venal.
“But what I say is that the venal never succeed in the long run.
This presentation, made by Dina Hossain on the occasion of his 80th birthday, highlights the illustrious career of the Bangladeshi jurist, statesman, politician and freedom fighter
“Who was it who brought independence to our people in 1971? It was the simple, straightforward, and honest politicians, who fought for and represented the Bangali people.
“So how can we say good politics will get us nowhere? It got us our independence.
“I believe in democracy and I believe in the Bangladeshi people. And in the end, the 56,000 square miles of this country belong to whom? They belong to the people of Bangladesh.”
In addition to Dr Hossain, Meghna Guhathakurta, Ramzan Ali, Sultana Kamal, Debapriya Bhattarcharya, Amirul Islam, and Rehman Sobhan, among others, also spoke on the occasion.