Published:  10:12 AM, 18 March 2023

Bangabandhu: A Charismatic Leader in the World

Bangabandhu: A Charismatic Leader in the World
(Concluding Part)

One of the important directives of his speech was to maintain peace and harmony in society. He ordered the people to maintain peace. He said, 'You must maintain peace. Peace-loving Bengalis shed a lot of blood for freedom. They also know how to keep the peace. In his speech, he said in an unequivocal voice, 'I want to say clearly that Bangladesh will be an ideal non-communal state.

The father of the nation was also vigilant about the foreign policy of the newly independent Bangladesh. He also gave a clear idea about the main content of foreign policy in his speech. He said, "Friendship with everyone, enmity with no one." The father of the nation gave directions to build an inclusive modern Bangladesh where everyone will enjoy equal rights regardless of party affiliation. He said, "I want to say clearly and unequivocally that Bangladesh will be a secular, democratic and welfare-oriented state".

Pointing out that the independence will be meaningless if the nation is reorganized without proper guidance, he said, 'I want to say, if the people of Bangladesh do not get enough food if the mothers and sisters do not get clothes and if the youth society does not get work, then our freedom will remain incomplete. .'

With reverence, Bangabandhu remembered the sacrifices of all and encouraged everyone to build the country, saying, 'From today my request, from today my order, from today my command as a brother, not as a leader, not as a prime minister, not as a president, I am your brother. , you are my brother. This freedom will not be fulfilled if the people of Bengal do not get enough rice, this freedom will not be fulfilled if the mothers and sisters of Bengal do not get clothes, and this freedom will not be fulfilled if the youth of this country do not get jobs. Mukti Bahini, the student society congratulates you, you have become guerrillas, you have given blood, blood will not go in vain, and blood will not go in vain.

One thing - from today, there should be no more theft and robbery in Bengal. There should be no looting in Bengal. There are other people in Bengal, people from other countries, and people from West Pakistan who do not speak Bengali, I am telling them to become Bengalis. And I say to my brothers don't raise your hands on them, we are people, and we love people. But those who brokered, those who entered and killed my people, they will be tried and punished, the Father of the Nation said, 'Leave them in the hands of the independent government of Bengal, not a single one will be spared. But I want them to be tried and punished in an independent court in a free country. I want to show the world that a peaceful Bengali knows how to give blood, and a peaceful Bengali also knows how to maintain peace.

The great architect of Bangladesh, the father of the nation Bangabandhu, started the journey toward the prosperity and development of today's Bangladesh. He always thought about the people of this country. Bangabandhu dreamed of a golden Bengal that would change the fate of the people of this country, and lead a better and more prosperous life. He showed prudence in leading Bangladesh in just a few years.

He said that the people of my country will get food, shelter, education and a better life - this is my dream. In this context, the mass-oriented cooperative movement has to play a very important role. Because the way of cooperatives is the way of socialism, the way of democracy. Through cooperatives, poor farmers will jointly own the means of production. On the other hand, every small farmer will get a democratic share and rights in the system of increased production and equitable distribution of resources. They will be freed from the exploitation of the landlord-rich cultivators by the collective power of cooperatives. In the same way, if farmers, laborers, weavers, fishermen, and blacksmiths can unite and accumulate capital and other productions, then the middle class of rich businessmen-industrialists will not be able to plunder and consume the produce of their labor.

Through co-operatives, small industries will be developed in villages and Bengal which will be owned by ordinary farmers, laborers and landless oppressed people. We have already nationalized all major industries, banks, jute mills, sugar mills, textile mills etc. to establish socialism. I have fixed the maximum land ownership limit. Today, the joint ownership of hardworking people should be built in villages, police stations, and ports in the cooperative system. Farmers will get a fair price for their produce; workers will get a fair right to the fruits of their labor.

But if we have to reach this goal, we have to radically change the social system of the past and build a real people-oriented movement. Cooperatives of the past were exploitative group players. So there was a massive role of vested interests.

Fishermen's Associations, Weavers' Associations, and Rural Farmers' Associations should be real fishermen's, weavers', farmers' organizations, middlemen traders or rich farmers should not repeat past corruption by taking over these associations. If those vested interests ever again destroy the sanctity of co-operatives, be assured that we will abolish all the old arrangements. With the help of my dear peasant laborers and fishermen weaver brothers, we must build a new and balanced system that will forever defeat exploitative and reactionary vested interests.

Bangladesh is the treasure of my dreams, meditation, ideas and adoration. And that golden Bengal sleeps in ever-neglected villages, in ever-neglected rural villages, around vast swamps and deep in vast forests. My brothers - let's wake up the dormant village of Bengal with the magic touch of cooperatives. Let him rejoice in the frenzy of new creation and the triumphant song of life.

The father of the nation had two dreams - to make Bangladesh independent and to transform the country into a hunger-free, poverty-free golden Bengal. He gave us freedom and his second dream are being fulfilled by his privileged daughter Sheikh Hasina. Under his leadership, Bangladesh has established itself as a role model of a hunger-free, poverty-free country. Bangladesh is going to become the golden Bangla of Bangabandhu's dream. But today we feel much prouder as Bengalis. Because Bangabandhu's privileged daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina continues to make Bangabandhu's dreams come true one by one.

Hiren Pandit is a columnist
and a researcher.

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