The greatest Bengali Sheikh Mujibur Rahman


Kazi Makhnun

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born in Tungipara village on 17 March 1920. He was the third child of Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Sayera KhatunWhen Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became 18 he married Begum Fazilatunnesaand later both became happy parents of two daughters, Sheikh Hasina & Sheikh Rehana and three sons, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel.

Bangabandhu’s active career took off when he became elected counsellor for the Muslim League in 1943. Four years later he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Islamia college under Calcutta University, and was elected General Secretary of Islamia College Student Union.  In 1948 4th January, he founded the Muslims Student’s League.

When communal riots broke out during the partition of India and the birth of Pakistan, he played an active role in protecting Muslims and containing the violence.

He rose up in protest when the Prime Minister of Pakistan declared at the Legislative Assembly “The people of Pakistan must accept Urdu as their state language.” This led to a storm of protests through out the country. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman immediately engaged himself to build a strong protest against this move.

On 9th July 1953, sheikh Mujib was elected as the General Secretary of the East Pakistan Awami Muslim League.  

In 1954, the first general elections in East Bengal were held on 10 March. Sheikh Mujib won the election for the Gopalganj constituency, He took oath on 15 May as Minister for Agriculture and Forest in the new Provincial Government. The next year on 5th June Sheikh Mujib was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly.

On 1st March 1966 Sheikh Mujib was elected, the president of the Awami League. Following his election, he launched a campaign to obtain support for the 6-point programme for the freedom of the Bengali nation.

In 1969 The Central Student Action Council arranged a reception in honour of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 23 February at the Race Course ground. At the reception Sheikh mujibur Rahman was publicly declared as Bangabandhu (Friend of Bengal). The next year on 7 March, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed a mammoth public rally at the Race Course Ground, where he declared, ‘The struggle this time is the struggle for emancipation. The struggle this time is the struggle for independence.’In this historic speech, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman urged the nation to break the shackles of subjugation and declared, ‘Since we have given blood, we will give more blood. By the will of the Almighty Allah, the people of this land will be liberated… turn every house into a fortress. Face the enemy with whatever you have. In reality, he ruled an independent Bangladesh from 7 March to 25 March.

From 26 March began a war for Bangladesh’s independence. After 9 months of war, on 16 December 1971, Bangladesh was finally successful in being independent. In 1972 on 12 January Sheikh Mujib took over as Prime Minister of Bangladesh. On 10th October, the World Peace Council conferred the Julio Curie award on him.

In 1975,15 August, the noblest and greatest of Bengalis, the architect of Bangladesh and the Father of the Nation, was assassinated by a handful of treacherous military officers.On that day, his wife, his three sons, two daughter in laws and nine other family members were killed.

15th August 1975 is the blackest day in our nation and is observed as National Mourning Day.

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