On this day in 1920, a child was born in a respectable Muslim family at Tungipara village of the then Gopalganj sub-division, now district. At the age of fifty he gave us independence and a distinct identity. He is the greatest Bangali of all time, the architect of sovereign and independent Bangladesh, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Throughout his life he fought for the people of this country. Through his dynamic leadership, Bangabandhu had organised the Bangali nation to fight against exploitation and repression by the Pakistani rulers. The movement culminated in independent Bangladesh through the nine-month Liberation War in 1971. The charismatic leadership and personality of Bangabandhu had brought the whole nation under one umbrella. As a result of which we got the independence and sovereign Bangladesh, and the Bangali nationalism flourished. Therefore, Bangla, Bangladesh and Bangabandhu emerged as a single identical symbol to the people of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Mujib was not only a leader of the Bangalis but also a leader of all oppressed people of the world. Sheikh Mujib alias Khoka (boy) was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents – Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.
We must strive to materialise
Bangabandhu’s dream of
transforming the country
into Sonar Bangla
And the rest is history. Nobody could think that this boy Khoka would become the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times as well. The nation has already celebrated two rare historic events—Bangabandhu’s Birth Centenary and the Golden Jubilee of Independence.
Bangabandhu struggled throughout his life in a bid to establish people’s economic emancipation, end economic disparity and ensure injustice. We are a very fortunate nation to have a charismatic and iconic leader like Bangabandhu, who united the Bangalees irrespective of caste, creed and religion to prepare for the ultimate War for Independence.
The Bangali nation believes that Bangabandhu has no death, only birthdays. The nation would stay awake forever with its founder’s ideology and uphold the flag given by him. We all must stay alert so the anti-liberation forces, killers, terrorists and militants never come to power. We have to build the country’s young generation with the spirit of noble qualities so that they can materialise Bangabandhu’s dream of transforming the country into Sonar Bangla.