UN issues commemorative stamp as a tribute to Bangabandhu and UN Peacekeepers

The UN Postal Administration, jointly with the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN in New York, has issued a set of commemorative stamps as a tribute to UN peacekeepers and marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The initiatives were taken on the occasion of the ‘2020 International ...

Six-point Demand: Roadmap for Founding Bangladesh

The six-point demand is a milestone historical event for us in Bangladesh. It marked a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depends. It was a movement in the then East Pakistan, spearheaded by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which called for greater autonomy for East Pakistan. The movement's main agenda ...

June 1966, Six Points, and the making of history

Syed Badrul Ahsan: June 7 remains a seminal moment in national history, a definitive point of reference in Bangladesh’s political narrative. On this day in 1966, the people of what was then East Pakistan enforced a total general strike in the province in support of the Awami League’s Six Point program of autonomy. The Six Points h...

A long-ago June day

Syed Badrul Ahsan: There are, in the annals of history, certain defining moments in the evolution of nations. In Bangladesh's case, such a moment came on February 5, 1966, when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, general secretary of the East Pakistan Awami League, revealed in Lahore a broad-ranging formula for regional autonomy. That formula was of course...

Wazed Miah: The Decent, Self-Effacing, Brave Man

Syed Badrul Ahsan: Let me celebrate a decent man this morning. Let me remind myself that in his passing, we have in this country lost yet one more gentleman in the fast depleting species of gentlemen. The first time I saw Dr. M.A. Wazed Miah was on a day in early 1991. It was not a meeting. Neither did I know, as he stepped into Bangabandhu&rsq...

Birth of a protagonist of historical transformation

Pranab Kumar Panday: 17th of March 1920 is a red-letter day in the history of Bangladesh as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in a respectable Muslim family at Tungipara village in Gopalganj district. Considering the significance of his birth in the context of the state formation, we can consider this day as one of the greatest moment....

My Grandfather, the Father of Bangladesh: Sajeeb Wazed

Sajeeb Wazed: As a child, I loved having breakfast with my grandfather. I insisted on eating whatever he ate exactly the way he ate it. My grandmother objected to this idolization only once when, as a joke, my grandfather allowed me to puff on one of his lighted pipes. Grandma got angry. He gave one of his famous, big laughs as I coughed my lit...

HPM Sheikh Hasina pays homage to Bangabandhu on his birth centenary

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman heralding the yearlong birth centenary celebrations of the great leader.The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on the historic 32 Dhanmondi Road here this ...

Bangabandhu: Minstrel singing through time’s passages

Syed Badrul Ahsan: As a man, what concerns mankind concerns me. As a Bengalee, I am deeply involved in all that concerns Bengalees. This abiding involvement is born of and nourished by love, enduring love, which gives meaning to my politics and my very being'- Unfinished Memoirs, 3 May 1973His courage of conviction is what we remember on the ce...

Life and Struggle of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Life and Struggle of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Historic 7 March Speech: Context and Significance

49 years ago, Bangabandhu gave the finest speech of his life at the erstwhile historic Race Course Maydan. Disregarding the intimidation and threats of the Pakistani Army's tanks, guns and machineguns, and in the presence of a million audience, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared in a booming voice: "This time, the struggle is for our lib...

Historic 7 March Speech: Context and Significance

49 years ago, Bangabandhu gave the finest speech of his life at the erstwhile historic Race Course Maydan. Disregarding the intimidation and threats of the Pakistani Army's tanks, guns and machineguns, and in the presence of a million audience, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared in a booming voice: "This time, the struggle is for our lib...

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: The Father of The Nation

1920 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born on 17 march 1920, in Tungipara village under the then Gopalganj subdivision (at present district) of Faridpur district. He was the third child among four daughters and two sons of Sheikh Lutfar Rahman and Sayera Khatun. His parents used to call him Khoka. He spent his childhood in Tungipara. 1927 At the age...

Timeline of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Timeline of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Thoughts on the month of March

- Professor Mamun Al Mahtab (Shwapnil) With a nation celebrating thirteen festivities in twelve months, it is a mathematical reality that every month of the year means something special to the Bangladeshis and Bengalis as a whole. March of all is perhaps special, as there are several dates in March bearing extra significance to this nation. Mar...

Historical 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu

My dear brothers….. I have come before you today with a heavy heart. All of you know how hard we have tried. But it is a matter of sadness that the streets of Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rangpur and Rajshahi are today being spattered with the blood of my brothers, and the cry we hear from the Bengali people is a cry for freedom a cry for...

The Voice That Still Resonates

The people of a green delta were with their utmost dedication to be named as an independent nation in the world. All that remained in their heart was soon to issue at lips. It was the afternoon of 7 March 1971 – the time a nation was to declare what it had to. And it was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, undisputed leader of the Bangalee...

Six Points Movement: Making of a History

The six point movement was a movement in the then East Pakistan, spearheaded by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which called for greater autonomy for the eastern part of Pakistan. The six-point movement is a milestone in the history of our struggle for independence. The six point declaration has been widely credited as the "charter of freedom" in Banglad...

In search of Bangabandhu’s inclusive ‘Sonar Bangla’

Along with the observance of a robust homecoming day of the Father of the Nation on January 10, a countdown to the day of his birth centenary will also be formally launched on March 17. The whole nation is set to celebrate the auspicious birth centenary programmes, alongside a number of global dignitaries. Non-resident Bangladeshis also eagerl...

Mass Upsurge 1969: On 24th January, the future beckoned

Syed Badrul Ahsan: On this day in 1969, the movement to force the Ayub Khan regime from power gathered pace when the young school student Matiur Rahman and a rickshaw puller were shot down by the police on the streets of Dhaka. It was one more sign of the regime's increasing nervousness, especially in East Pakistan, where a popular uprising aga...

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