Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Today, Bangladesh is observing the 42nd anniversary of rememberance of the very tragic death of the founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu, if he had lived would be 97 years old today. But he died prematurely at the hands of heinous killers on August 15, 1975. Thus, he lived only 55 years to serve the country for the creation of which he made matchless personal sacrifices.
The killers probably thought that killing him and his family members would wipe out or tarnish his legacy. But they have been decisively proved wrong. For the party which he led triumphantly came back to power in 2009 and in the next year tried his killers and hanged five of them. Six others are absconding abroad from justice.
Why the name and fame of the Banghabandhu remains is because he was not merely an individual. Through his unflinching dedication to his cause, matchless patriotism and self sacrifice, he has lived through the decades in people’s memory as an iconic personality. Thus, today, he is romanticised and described as a revolution, an upsurge-the essence of epic poetry and history. Contemporary history has recognized him as the greatest Bengali of the past thousand years.
The rememberance of him is the culture and society that Bengalis have sketched for themselves. His possibilities, the promises thrown forth by him, are the fountain-spring of the civilized existence of the Bengalis. He was a great friend to the masses. To the nation he is the Father. In the view of men and women in other places and other climes, he is the founder of sovereign Bangladesh.
Journalist Cyril Dunn once said of him, “In the thousands of years of history of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujib is the only leader who has, in terms of blood, race, language, culture and birth, been a full-blooded Bengali. His physical stature was immense. His voice was redolent of thunder. His charisma worked magic on people. The courage and charm that flowed from him made him a unique superman in these times.” Newsweek magazine called him the poet of politics.
Embracing Bangabandhu at the Algiers Non Aligned Summit in 1973, Cuba’s Fidel Castro noted, “I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In personality and in courage, this man is the Himalayas. I have thus had the experience of witnessing the Himalayas.” Upon hearing the news of Bangabandhu’s assassination, former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson wrote to a Bengali journalist, “This is surely a supreme national tragedy for you. For me it is a personal tragedy of immense dimensions.”
The liberal democratic politics of Sher-e-Bangla A. K. FazlulHaque and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy contributed to the moulding of Mujib’s character. He was committed to public welfare. But he distinguished himself soon in his political career as the strongest advocate of Bengali nationalism. It was this particular passion that led to the rise of his ideology based on Bengali nationalism and democracy leading to his brilliantly steering the course for the achievement of independent Bangladesh
At the United Nations, he was the first man to speak of his dreams, his people’s aspiration, in Bangla. The language was, in that swift stroke , recognized by the global community. For the first time after Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel achievement in 1913, Bangla was put on a position of dignity.
The multifaceted life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman cannot be put together in language or colour. The reason is :Mujib was a larger than life titanic figure. It is not possible to hold within the confines of a frame the picture of his greatness. He was the supreme leader in the struggle for national independence .The greatest treasure of the Bengali nation is preservation of his heritage, a defence of his legacy. He has conquered death. His memory should be an everlasting guide to his countrymen.
It was because of Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRhman that his countrymen today live completely free in the air of freedom and enjoy unfettered all the opportunities for theirself development and progress and their collective advancement as a people and nation. Bangbandhu’s activities of a lifetime bestowed these great gifts on his people and the country.