Published:  04:03 AM, 16 August 2019 Last Update: 04:16 AM, 16 August 2019

Tributes to Mother of the Nation

Tributes to Mother of the Nation Photo Courtesy: Abbas Attar (1971).

We all have seen this historical image of this honorable lady before, but most of the posts stop short of telling the brutal truth on what happened to this lady afterwards.

She was under house arrest for nine months during our Liberation War. Bangladesh was just liberated, so the general public spontaneously came to her home to greet her on December 17, 1971, as captured in this image. She came out with her ordinary homely

dress to greet them back too. She was simple and without pride --a mother like yours and mine. She did not hold any government portfolio, and she was not a political leader either.

On this day (August 15, 1975), she was unfortunately murdered (as opposed to killed) along with her husband, three sons and other family members at her home in her liberated city of her free country.

The murder was not carried out by mistake; it was deliberate and premeditated. Why? Did she hurt anyone? No. Was she corrupted? Nope. Did she snatch someone's rights away? Nay. A cold-blooded murder like this is indisputably barbaric and cowardice.

One may try to come to terms with this heinous crime from a non-political and humane perspective. The degree to which one can comprehend the never-ending agony of the family, relatives, and friends of this lady depends entirely on the person's empathy.

People can project themselves in a similar situation where one's mother, aunt, friend's mother, or a neighbor could also be murdered deliberately at their home without any reason like this honorable lady was. How would they feel then? The loss would undoubtedly be too heavy for them to bear.

Even we, who unfortunately lost our mother prematurely due to natural death, are constantly being haunted by one unanswerable question, "Why did she leave me so early?"  Right?

As you start thinking and writing about this unfortunate lady by putting yourself in her relatives or friends' shoes, you will surely experience agony radiating from your heart to the rest of your body.

Your breaths will most likely turn heavy, the strokes of your trembling fingers on the keyboard will increasingly become uncontrollable, your vision will become blurred, and your ability to compose right sentences will gradually diminish in intense anguish. You need multiple pauses  --I can bet on this.

Would it be too much to ask for, or at least hope that not a single soul like this honorable lady and her murdered relatives, regardless of one's political belief or religious orientation, will be lost in any city of any country in this world anymore?

The name of this lady is Mrs Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.(Khaled Khan is a visual storyteller and an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Qatar University.)

Photo Courtesy: Abbas Attar (1971).


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