The month of mourning begins from today. We lost Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August 1975. We celebrated the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangladesh's independence golden jubilee a few months ago.Bangabandhu deserves to be remembered through mementos that recall him. There is Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Washington in the United States, Gandhi Nagar in India, Mandela Town Hall in South Africa, a town called Luther in Oklahoma in the United States named after Martin Luther King and so on.
We have Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka city. However, we know that Bangabandhu spent a great part of his lifetime in the capital's Dhanmondi. Even he was staying in Dhanmondi when he got killed in 1975 with most of his family members. Keeping this in view, we can rename Dhanmondi 'Bangabandhu Nagar' paying tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman once said, "My greatest strength is I love my people while my weakness is I love them too much." Bangabandhu's ideology stands for loving and working for the wellbeing of everyone in Bangladesh.
A Bangabandhu Corner was introduced by Managing Director of Agrani Bank Mohammad Shams Ul Islam on his bank's premises in 2019. Afterwards this example was followed by some other institutions. The United Nations in December 2020 declared to establish "UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize in the field of Creative Economy" to promote creative industries that provide youths, women and migrants with sustainable jobs globally.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the greatest Bengali of all times because he secured a place for us on the world map. He endowed the Bengalis with the gift of a permanent address. Bangabandhu or the Father of the Nation-by whatever name we call him, his inspirational appearance occupies the lane of our memory whenever we tend to think about anything in the context of Bangladesh.
Bangabandhu did not become the father of the Nation in a single moment or a day. Moreover, you cannot instigate a nation into a self-sacrificial struggle with a two-minute radio message only. On the eve of the advent of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu was able to assume the generation's dream and structure it into a singular goal of freedom by gradually transfusing the dream into the sensibility of the commons.
It was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman whose visionary directions made it possible for the Bengali nation to stand tall on solid ground of self-confidence and wading through a sea of blood, reach the shores of freedom keeping their colours aloft in 1971. His heartfelt dreams, his epic life's work, his promises all melted into a singularity to churn the spirit of Bengaliness.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought us independence through his uncompromising struggle. He spent seventeen years in prison for fighting for the rights of people. He envisioned dreams for a prosperous Bangladesh where people of all religions would be able to live in harmony.
Bangabandhu never changed his ideology while he was facing torment from the Pakistan authorities. He never bowed down to undue pressure. Bangabandhu delivered his speech in the United Nations General Assembly in Bengali right after the independence of Bangladesh. Bangabandhu's life and work remain an example for generations to come. Bangabandhu's achievements and love for the people of Bangladesh have made him immortal.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized Bangabandhu's 7th March speech as part of world heritage. Bangabandhu said in his speech on 7th March, "This struggle is for our independence, for our emancipation".While concluding, a few words of Rabindranath Tagore can be recalled to spotlight on the timeless life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman "Tomar Kirtir Cheyeo Mahat Tumi" (You are greater than your accomplishments.")
The writer is Chairman, Editorial Board of The Asian Age.
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