Sheikh Russel: A light extinguished by demons

Sufi Faruq Ibne Abubakar: Named after one of the greatest thinkers of all time (Bertrand Russell), young Russel had an endearing personality that still inspires awe in his sisters, even after around five decades. Accompanying his father – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – at global events, Russel is seen, in archived videos, shaki...

Through killing Russel, assailants wanted to wipe out Bangabandhu’s legacy

Tonmoy Ahmed: “Those assassins did not even spare my ten-year-old brother Sheikh Russel” is how Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalls the brutal massacre of nearly her entire family – father, mother, brothers, including Russel, and sisters-in-law. Quite obviously, the killers had been tasked to wipe out the ...

Bangabandhu's Brutal Assassination Stigmatized the Nation

Hiren Pandit: There was a conspiracy against him, Bangabandhu knew it. But the people of the country are conspiring to assassinate him-it seems Bangabandhu could not have imagined. At the Commonwealth Summit in Jamaica, the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, stood up where Bangabandhu was sitting and said, 'Sheikh Saheb, we have alarm...

In abode of love and grief

Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee: Amidst the grand public arrangements made across the country on the National Mourning Day, it is easy to forget that for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, it is an immensely personal occasion, the intensity of which many cannot even begin to fathom. While the nation commemorated outside, she spent most of her time at h...

Bangabandhu: Oratory on Olympian heights

Syed Badrul Ahsan: Oratory was one of the finest traits in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Few have been the men, the figures who have earned places in the historical pantheon, who have equalled his ability to move the masses with the power of words. And for Bangabandhu, the power of words came on the sure strength of logic, in his belief th...

Nation pays homage to the martyrs of 15th August

Different government, semi-government, autonomous bodies, socio-cultural and voluntary organisations and educational institutions observed the National Mourning Day and the 46th martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman paying glowing homage to him. The Ministry of Law, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Shi...

Bangabandhu and Visions of Bangladesh

Prof Amartya Sen: I am thrilled that I have been given the opportunity of remembering him during the celebrations of the centenary of his birth. Other than paying tribute to this wonderful human being and the great leader that he was, I want to say a few words on why his ideas remain so very important today. Bangabandhu has been taken from us, ...

All that Bangabandhu imagined

SM Nazmus Sakib: “To build a Golden Bengal, we need Golden People. Bangladesh is plagued by exploitation, oppression, and looting. To solve these problems and to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh, the people need to work hard to increase production,” said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on December 15, 1974. The emergence o...

A Shameful & Black Chapter in Bangladesh's History

Hiren Pandit: The most disgraceful tragedy in the history of Bangladesh was the cruellest assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of Bangladesh, father of the nation, the charismatic leader of the liberation war. Bangabandhu struggled throughout his life for his people and made them united to throw out the restraints of Pa...

Ziaur Rahman: The Mastermind Behind The Assassination of Bangabandhu & His Family

Bangladesh has executed six murderers for killing the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on August 15, 1975. Some are also on run. But those who were behind the barbaric massacre have misled the ordinary people by claiming themselves as pro-liberation forces. However, their role has become clearer after diploma...

Evidence of Zia-Mostaq's Blueprint to Assassinate Bangabandhu

After the end of the War of Independence, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman started introducing democracy for the exploited people aiming to improve the destiny of 80 per cent of poor people of the country. He was also able to send the Indian troops back to their country within just three months, On March 26, 1972, he ...

In lunar light, at Bangabandhu’s grave

Syed Badrul Ahsan: I have stood in monsoon rain, under that ancient tree outside the old Ganobhaban, for a glimpse of the Liberator. In the heat of summer and in the soft breeze of winter, I have waved at him as he drove home late in the evening. He always waved back, that smile bathing his face, that good cheer that instilled confidence in mil...

Victims of 15th August 1975 massacre

Victims of 15th August 1975 massacre

Bangabandhu started rebuilding Bangladesh facing numerous challenges

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman started rebuilding the war-ravaged Bangladesh immediately after his return home from the Pakistan’s jail and successfully overcame the challenges that were deep-rooted into both economic and non-economic sectors of the newly independent country. According to some major publications an...

Zia was made president because of his role in 1975: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu’s daughter who survived the massacre of Aug 15, 1975, believes Zia was made president later because of his ‘direct involvement’ in the assassination of the nation’s founding father. “I don’t remember any month when Major Zia and his wife did not come to our house. Was...

Bangladesh mourns the Father of the Nation

Bangladesh is observing National Mourning Day commemorating the assassination of its independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Wednesday. The Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujib, then President of the new republic, was killed along with most members of the family on Aug 15, 1975 by a group of disgruntled army officers at his Dha...

15 August: The National Mourning Day

August 15 is the National Mourning Day for Bangladesh. On the fateful night of August 15 in 1975, some disgruntled and over ambitious army officers assassinated Bangabandhu and most of his family members at his Dhanmondi, Road-32 residence in the capital. 18 members of Bangabandhu's family and his close ones who were brutally killed on that nig...