Imagining a different South Asia with Bangabandhu

A SPECIAL OP-ED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA Narendra Modi: On a dark morning in August 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members were brutally assassinated. His killers wanted to reverse the gains of Bangladesh's independence, for which Bangabandhu had led a heroic struggle. They also wanted to strike a mortal blow to B...

News of Bangabandhu's Proclamation of Independence in international media

News of Bangabandhu's Proclamation of Independence in international media

March 25th: Darkest night in the history of Bangladesh

A black veil has just showed up over the history of mankind. It was the night of March 25, 1971. The roar of tanks broke the silence of the night. Millions of people in Bangladesh, then a province of Pakistan, woke up not to the chirping of birds but to the thudding sounds of bombs and bullets. That was the kickoff of one of the biggest genocide...

Sheikh Rehana narrates tales of her father Bangabandhu's childhood

As the nation commemorated the 101st birth anniversary of its founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his youngest daughter Sheikh Rehana captivated young minds with the tales of an ordinary boy, full of mischief yet unbridled compassion, who would grow up to become the greatest Bengali to ever live. In an event to mark the occasion ...

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: Mujib Bhai to Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: Mujib Bhai to Bangabandhu

Bangabandhu, the greatest gift to humanity

Sharif Shahab Uddin: Bangladesh came into being as the Bangabandhu was born. The birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was the demand of the age and the greatest gift for the people of Bangladesh and for the oppressed of the world as well. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was a life-long crusader for the social, political and economic emancipation of the p...

Life and Struggle of Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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.1927At the age of s...

Bangabandhu was far ahead of his time: Ban Ki-moon

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a “rare” leader and was also “far ahead of his time” as a champion of human rights, social and economic equality and environment, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. He was recollecting his memory as he was a young South Korean diplomat in-charg...

How Bangabandhu prepared the nation for armed revolt throughout March

The seed Bangabandhu sow in historic six-point demand in 1966 got fulfilled with the 1970 general elections. Awami League gained a landslide majority bagging 167 seats out of 313 in the national cabinet of Pakistan. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became the supreme leader of united Pakistan. But Pakistani military junta and defeated politicians did not ...

March 17 to 26: World leaders to pay respect to Bangabandhu

Prime Ministers of India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Presidents of Maldives and Nepal will visit Dhaka while leaders from China, Canada, Cambodia, Japan, and South Korea will connect virtually to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from March 17 to March 26, marking his birth centenary and the golden jubilee of Bangl...

Historical 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu

Hindus, Muslims, Bengalis and non-Bengalis, all those who live in this Bangla are our brothers. The responsibility of protecting them is on you. Ensure that our reputation is not smeared in any way. The employees of the Radio and Television; please bear in mind that if our words are not broadcasted by the radio, then no Bengali shall go to the r...

Historic 7 March Speech: Context and Significance

50 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...

BAKSAL: The Ultimate Move Towards Fulfilling Public Aspirations

Bangladesh achieved its much-awaited independence on December 16, 1971, after a nine-month Liberation War under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But many obstacles paved the development of the just-liberated country. The new-born nation just freed from the vicious chain had the cherished dream of leading a prosperous and dign...

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...

10 January 1972: Liberator Reunites with His People

Liberty was in the air. The chant of “Joy Bangla”, in bold voices, reverberated at Tejgaon old airport and its surrounding areas on a chilly afternoon of January 10, 1972. Minutes after the daybreak, emotion choked tens of thousands of newly freed Bangalees of his Bangladesh gathered there, even after knowing that the Father of the ...

We don’t know defeat: Bangabandhu's speech on 10th January

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's speech on 10th january 1972 at the then Racecourse ground. The translations has been done by Professor Rashid Askari: At first, I remember the students, the labourers, the peasants, the intellectuals, the soldiers, the police, the people, the Hindus and the Muslims of my Bangladesh who were killed. I, wishing...

7 December 1970: The election Pakistan's army lost

Many conversations and a load of arguments have been going on around the recent spell of elections in Pakistan which have brought the until-now fringe party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to power in Islamabad. There is little question that behind this 'phenomenal' rise of Imran Khan in politics has been the hand of the Pakistan army, which has in the...

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 ...

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 ...