BANGLADESH: Mujib's Road from Prison to Power

This article was the cover story of Tiem Magazine's January 17, 1972 edition. TO some Western observers, the scene stirred thoughts of Pontius Pilate deciding the fates of Jesus and Barabbas. "Do you want Mujib freed?" cried Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, at a rally of more than 100,000 supporters in Karachi. The crowd roared its assen...

‘A tumultuous and triumphal homecoming’

Shamsad Mortuza: On January 17, 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was featured on the cover of Time magazine. The cover illustration used a yellow diagonal label that cuts across the magazine's iconic red title "TIME" to write: "Bangladesh: From Jail to Power". The image of a bold Sheikh Mujib donning a black prince coat with a splash of white collar...

10th of January: Realisation of the dream of independence

Pranab Kumar Panday: The 10th of January 1972 is a red-letter day in the history of Bangladesh as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the undisputed leader of the nation, returned to the sacred soil of the country after years of incarceration in Pakistani jail via London and New Delhi. Before his return to Bangladesh, he had been exposed to horr...

Bangabandhu’s Jan 10 speech has all guidelines to run an independent state: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister and Bangladesh Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu's January 10, 1972 speech has all the guidelines required to run an independent state. "The January 10, 1972 speech of Bangabandhu at the Racecourse Maidan on his return to the country from Pakistani captivity has all the required guidelines to run an indep...

Hefazat is playing the role of Jamaat-e-Islami: Sajeeb Wazed

By opposing Bangabandhu’s statue, pressure-group-turned-religious-extremists Hefazat-e Islam is playing the role the Jamaat-e-Islami did during the 1971 Liberation War, Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy has said. The ICT Advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was describing the achievements in the 12 years of the Awami League government’s &ls...

Desperate attempts to ruin social harmony by false preaching in the name of Islam will not be tolerated - Obaidul Quader MP

A radical group is creating unnecessary debates over establishment of statues of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. These imaginary and baseless explanations are a challenge against the spirit of the Liberation War and the culture of Bangladesh. A group of religious fundamentalist group is spreading misinterpretation over th...

War-torn Bangladesh was turning around with Bangabandhu's plans

The policies Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman adopted and the challenges he encountered while supporting scores of returnee refugees and rebuilding war-torn Bangladesh were reflected on at a webinar held by Awami League's Finance and Planning Affairs sub-committee on Friday night. The webinar, titled 'Bangabandhu's Plans t...

The long silence on Baksal should lift

Syed Badrul Ahsan: Why 25th January is important? Not many of us remember and those of us who do conveniently pretend not to remember. It is as if the day has been airbrushed out of history, Bangladesh’s history. Travel back in time, give your memory a jog, think of history. You might stumble on the truth of why 25 January is part of our ...

In Bangabandhu’s land, there is no room for bigotry

Syed Badrul Ahsan:  Let the facts about our history, about the nation-state we are part of, be restated yet once again. This country is a People’s Republic, brought into being through the sacrifices of three million people and the humiliation endured by tens of thousands of women during the War of Liberation. The villages pillaged, ...

BAKSAL was formed to unite the nation: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had formed Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League to unite the nation, but this idea was misinterpreted. "What he had said during the constitutional amendment has taken an opposite interpretation. He had taken an excellent initiative to bring change to...

Bangabandhu: The portrait of a visionary leader

Professor Dr M Shahinoor Rahman: Bangabandhu or the Father of the Nation—by whatever name we call him, his humongous 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 ...

Bangabandhu and Our national Anthem: The Blossom of Love for the Motherland

Dr. Mir Mehbub Alam Nahid: Bangabandhu. The "Wonder Man" of the universe. In his 55 years and 5 months of valiant life, he has been imprisoned for 4682 days. Perhaps we don't have time to consider about what he has given to the nation or that patriotism doesn't work in us. He gave an independent land and open sky over it; he gifted a nation wit...

Bangabandhu and the War of Liberation: Thoughts of Reconstruction of Values

Dr. Mir Mehbub Alam Nahid: Our uniqueness is in Bengali culture, and the War of Liberation is its best attainment. We are indebted to those who have participated in the Great War of Independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu and gave us the opportunity to see the open sky by liberating Bangladesh. Forty-nine years of our independence are ...

The diplomat in Bangabandhu

Syed Badrul Ahsan: Quite some conversation has been generated in light of a picture, posted by yours truly on Facebook, of Henry Kissinger with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in New York. The month is September. The year is 1974. Bangladesh had just become a member of the United Nations and Bangabandhu had spoken before the UN General Assemb...

Formation of National Investigation Commission Urgent

Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor:   The sun of Bengal’s freedom had descended with the defeat of Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daulah to British East India Company owing to the betrayal of his own commanders in the battle of Plassey in 1757. Subsequent colonial periods tell tales of anxiety, anguish, discrimination, oppression and so forth. No one knew ...

HPM Sheikh Hasina for economic diplomacy to boost country's trade

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the Bangladeshi diplomats to pursue economic diplomacy alongside political diplomacy to give a boost to the country’s trade and commerce. “The duty of diplomatic missions has changed in today’s world. Now economic diplomacy has surfaced alongside the political one. We have to pursue diplo...

“We defy dissolution.”-- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Dr. Rashid Askari: On 25 September 1974, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a historic speech in the 29th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The speech has made history especially for two reasons. First, it was delivered in Bengali and second, it ushered in fresh ideas and policies to build a brave new world free of economic in...

Zia is the real villain behind Bangabandhu assassination: HPM Sheikh Hasina

 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today described Bangladesh’s first military ruler Ziaur Rahman as “real villain” of the August 15, 1975 plot while years later his wife Khaleda Zia emerged as another such figure as the August 21, 2004 grenade attack was carried out. The premier tended to compare the two incidents with the fi...

15 August Tragedy: A big blow to humanity

Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP: The month of August is the month of mourning. On 15th of this month in 1975 the greatest Bengali of all times and the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally killed by some disgruntle army personnel along with most of his family members on the fateful night of 15 August 1975. The self-confessed...

Bangabandhu: The luminary of our nation

Professor Dr Md Sazzad Hossain  Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” These words are very true because a great leader is born as a blessing for a nation from the creator. Not all the leaders are born with great quality of leadership. Only a few of the lea...

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