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...

NY Times Special: He Tells Full Story of Arrest and Detention

The following article was published in the New York Times on 18th January 1972.  Sydney H. Schanberg: He kissed his weeping wife and children good-bye, telling them what they knew too well—that he might never return. Then the West Pakistani soldiers prodded him down the stairs, hitting him from behind with their rifle butts. He reac...

National Energy Security Day: Bangabandhu is the North Star to our national prosperity

Nasrul Hamid: This is the 9th of August, a historical day in our journey as a nation, and yet a day that most of us are oblivious to. But the reason it carved its place in history is that something turned out on this day that changed the course of our national productivity and growth. On August 9, 1975, the government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Muji...

Six-Point Demand: A Watershed in Our Glorious History

Anwar A. Khan: Harry S Truman pointed out aright, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” In fact, the Six Point Movement was an eventful nonpareil one in the...

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...

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