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...

Bangabandhu Hints at the Declaration of Independence by Hoisting the Flag on March 23

According to the newspapers published on March 24, 1971, no Pakistani flag was seen anywhere except the President's Office, Governor's House and the cantonment under tight security on March 23. On Bangabandhu's orders, the flag of independent Bangla was officially hoisted at all government and non-government buildings and educational institution...

Bangabandhu…and the fragrance of roses

Syed Badrul Ahsan: I have seen him stride through the valley of roses, the fragrance reaching out to the hills and the valleys beyond. He laughed, and the laughter welled up from deep within him, as he embraced his peers, bantered with them. In his voice was resolution iron-clad, for he was the man of the future. On that soft summer evening, I ...

Introducing Bangabandhu to our children

Jainab Tabassum Banu Sonali: Children learn about historical facts and figures in many ways. When I was a school student, we could not reliably learn about Bangabandhu from textbooks. How the historical facts were conveyed through formal education depended on the political preferences of the ruling party of a period. We always found incomplete ...

What world leaders thought of Bangabandhu

Mahfuz Sadi: Pakistan was born after India was divided into two parts following the liberation from British rule. But the Bangalis of East Pakistan faced new exploitation by the ruling group of West Pakistan. At that time, the whole nation was led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Agartala Conspiracy Case was filed against him in 1968...

How was Bangabandhu’s birthday celebrated on March 17, 1975?

How was Bangabandhu’s birthday celebrated on March 17, 1975, before he was brutally assassinated 5 months later? A video posted on Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s verified Facebook profile shows how the country celebrated the Father of the Nation’s birthday that year. Along with the video, Sajeeb Wazed p...

No child will be deprived of education in Smart Bangladesh: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said a smart population is needed to build a ‘Smart Bangladesh’, urging the children to be groomed properly with human qualities as today’s children will be the smart community of future Bangladesh. “I would like to tell the children that every child will have to engage in sports and phy...

The Essential Mujib

Dr. Rashid Askari: The world sometimes gives birth to individuals who change the course of history. They are great men. Shakespeare in his play Twelfth Night classifies great men into three categories, i.e. ‘some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them’. The architect of independent Banglades...

A tribute to Bangabandhu

Dr. Pranab Kumar Panday: On March 17, 1920, Banga­bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rah­man, later known as the Father of the Nation, was born into a prominent Muslim family in the village of Tungipara in the district of Gopalganj. In the annals of Bangladeshi history, this is a momentous day. His birth was a pivotal moment in Bangladesh's quest fo...

Bangabandhu Is the Man for Whom the Sun Shines

M Nazrul Islam: Today is March 17, birthday of the greatest Bengali of all time, who is the symbol of Bangalees’ self-identity. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born on this day in 1920 in a sleepy village of Tungipara in Gopalganj. Therefore, March 17 is a historic day for us, and the month March is eventful in ...

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...

March 7, 1971: Historical Events before Bangabandhu's Speech

Following the harshness of winter, spring brings fresh air to nature. Likewise, the month of March in 1971 came with a life-changing message for the Bengali nation. Dhaka got turbulent from the first day of that exceptional spring marked by blood from mass people. The administrative structure of Bangladesh started following the direct command of...

Digital Bangladesh: From Fiery March to the World’s Wonder

Who could have ever thought that Bangladesh would share the realm in the space from the state of the bottomless basket? But it is now the reality that our Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is orbiting the earth as the 57th country in the world. It has made things possible to extend internet and satellite facilities, telemedicine, e-learning, e-banking and...

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 no...

Bangabandhu's Vision of Literature and Culture

Hiren Pandit: The great architect of Bangladesh's independence, Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is known worldwide as a freedom fighter and great politician. He is a man of politics; politics is the meditation-knowledge of his life. He is the best nationalist leader of the Bengali nation. The political entity is Bangaban...

Bangabandhu and the spirit of Liberation War were killed in 1975

Hiren Pandit: On 15 August 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was supposed to visit Dhaka University and take a look around the campus. He was once expelled from here for organising strikes for its menial workers and 'going against the university authority'. Nearly three decades after this incident, Dhaka University was ready to receive t...

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...

The energy and magnetism in Sheikh Mujib’s voice in 1972 made me understand why he was a leader of the people: Anne de Henning

Back in the country, whose birth she documented, after half a century – Anne de Henning effortlessly recalls those tumultuous times. The veteran photographer met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the other surviving family members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhaka’s Dhanmondi 32 Memorial Museum on December 19, 2022 –...

A brief history of Bangladesh through Sheikh Rehana’s eyes

Tonmoy Ahmed: As she turns 67, Sheikh Rehana looks back at life with a Shakespearian ending: “All’s Well That Ends Well.” When her father the great Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was gunned down with almost the whole family, the teenage Rehana wished she had died. “How could I live with so much pain!” she told...