The Bangladesh Awami Jubo League has distributed blankets among the orphans and opened a mobile cinema exhibition on the 1971 Liberation War to celebrate the 83rd birthday of its founder Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Jubo League Chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash, eldest son of Sheikh Moni, inaugurated those programmes on Monday in Dhaka. Jubo League general secretary Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil was also present.
Sheikh Moni was born in Tungipara, Gopalganj district on 4 December 1939. He was the nephew of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
During the war, he founded the Mujib Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Force), one of the major guerrilla forces of the Bangladesh Liberation War.
Sheikh Parash remembered his father and said he dreamt of forming a “happy, prosperous, secular” Bangladesh by establishing Jubo League under the direction of Bangabandhu.
“The development of Bengali culture is very important and necessary only for the survival of our Bengali nationalism,” he said as Sheikh Moni was fond of Bengali culture and literature.
"He was a student of Bangla language and literature at Dhaka University and for that reason he believed that Bengali culture would survive, and Bengali culture, especially film, would play a very important role in transforming youths into youth force,” he said.
“Your leader established a weekly magazine on film in Bangladesh in 1972. It was the first magazine in Bangladesh which was founded on the basis of cinema. He was fond of Bengali culture," he told the Jubo League leaders and activists.
“I also have some memories with my father,” he said as Sheikh Moni was killed on August 15 in 1975 along with Bangabandhu when Parash was only six years old.
“He would take us to see movies. He used to take us to various cultural events. I think we need to develop culture or film because our identity is embedded in it.”
He said Jubo League had taken various programmes on the occasion of Mujib Barsha, the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, and the golden jubilee of independence.
“We have announced various programmes including distribution of winter clothes and food throughout the country. I would call upon all the units of Bangladesh Awami Jubo League to carry out our announced programme with honesty and discipline,” he said.