How was The person Bangabandhu
Nayeem Islam Nibir
Honourable reader! Let us introduce you to Bangabandhu anew today. You all know about Bangabandhu’s contribution in politics. But today we will discuss what this man was like outside of politics. Once a gentleman asked Bangabandhu, “What do you expect your children to be when they grow up?” In reply, Bangabandhu said, ‘I want my children to become human beings. This is Sheikh Mujib. In response to this question, his attitude towards life and his character traits came to light. He said about their careers, they will choose their careers as per their choice. I don’t want to sniff at her. He has been a gentle, humble and considerate person since his student days. His behavior is extremely sincere. His always majestic face is easily filled with a generous smile. His sense of humor has saved him from all the pains and lawsuits of his life. The thing that amazes his the most is his great confidence. Once he decides that he has made the right decision, he has pushed forward no matter what obstacles come his way. He would easily catch the eye in the crowd. Wherever he was, Bangabandhu could easily attract the attention of everyone. His transformation from a tall, slender body in his youth to a great personality leader. When Bangabandhu stood in the midst of the people and addressed them in a strong and powerful voice about the stupidity of the government, the real man could not be recognized. When one came closer, one could understand how sincere, domestic and sensitive Bangabandhu was in his behavior, with a smile on his face. But no one could fool him. Although Bangabandhu likes new ideas, he does not reject the previous ones without looking at them well. Sheikh Mujib’s life is a very ordinary life of austerity. He is one of the successful world leaders today because he did not have any fascination with comfort, luxury etc. This indifference towards home, money, comfort, etc. has increased the respect and esteem of the people towards him many times. His steps towards life were faster and stronger than usual.
Sheikh Mujib used to spread the charisma of his strong personality among the people who used to come near him. When he spoke on stage, he spoke in clear, simple language, and occasionally added funny anecdotes. This ability to handle people with sensitive and skilled hands has further increased Bangabandhu’s popularity and power. It is very rare that he had a stubborn and strong temperament. Sheikh Mujib’s characteristic was a stubborn and arrogant affair. Although stubborn, he was a forgiving man. Michelle was a marvel of stubbornness and power. Bangabandhu used to forgive people and forget about people’s crimes. But Bangabandhu had no revenge against the former politicians who slandered Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu never wished them misfortune.
One of the vice-presidents of the Awami League thought that Sheikh Mujib would end up in the Agartala conspiracy case and he would have to spend at least 20 years in jail. The man slandered Sheikh Mujib but later returned to the Awami League. Later he started traveling to the Awami League office. When Mujib met him, he seemed to realize that he had completely forgotten about the past. However, Bangabandhu had earlier said to his political colleagues, ‘I will not allow this man to join the Awami League again. This shows how generous, kind and compassionate Bangabandhu was.
John Gunther said that Gandhiji enjoyed the solitude of prison. He meditated and meditated on God. Sheikh Mujib also had no fear of jail. It can be said that the jail was Bangabandhu’s second residence. One day he said to one, ‘Prison is my other home. However, life in prison was not very pleasant for him. He thought it was a waste of time to stay in jail because there was so much work outside. According to him, “solitary confinement is the most heinous punishment of the government.” He can also be called a prisoner. He had to spend nine years and eight months in jail after the creation of Pakistan. It was the longest imprisonment for any Pakistani politician. Sheikh Mujib would have been the first victim of a change of government. Putting him in jail seemed to be a casual affair of the government. After martial law was imposed in 1958, he was imprisoned along with Maulana Bhasani and Abul Mansur. The first night they spent together and spent the whole night talking.
To them it was a political get-together. They discuss the dire consequences of politics and military rule. The next day they were sent to a separate cell. It was a torture for a happy-go-lucky man like Sheikh Mujib. Like many other politicians, he settled in prison, reading books, planting vegetables and flowers. He collected a mango sapling from another ward of the jail and planted it in the backyard of his cell. While planting the saplings, he told the jail superintendent, “I want to eat mangoes from this tree before I get out of this jail.” The prison superintendent was impressed by the way he spoke, even though he was joking. Sheikh Mujib was not only brave, his soul was as strong and solid as granite. Every time he has gone to jail in the past, there have been problems with where and with whom to leave the five children. However, after taking up residence in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangabandhu breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that the family had a place to live. One day he said, “Even my friends did not dare to rent me a house after martial law was imposed.” This anxiety has returned to his wife. In those uncertain, miserable days, he had to move from house to house. Having a permanent address in Dhaka, he no longer had to worry about his family. He can now jump into any risk without causing any pain to his relatives. Thinking this, Bangabandhu breathed a sigh of relief.
He used the living room of Dhanmondi’s house occasionally. Anyone could easily enter the bedroom in front of him. There he would sit in a reclining chair or in a corner of the bed. When he saw the visitor, he would smile and greet him, hug him and let him sit in the chair. Bangabandhu loves to watch movies. But only historical pictures. He said, ‘I haven’t had a chance to see one or more pictures in two or three years. He has seen the historical picture Sirajuddaula after the recent martial law was imposed. Although he had wanted to watch this movie for a long time.
When Bangabandhu was asked about his favorite books, he would say, “I like the writings of Nazrul, Rabindranath, Bernard Shaw, Kennedy and Mao Zedong.” Bangabandhu was a big fan of former US President John F. Kennedy. He liked Kennedy very much as a man. A quote from Kennedy was Bangabandhu’s special choice, “Don’t ask what the country can give you, but ask yourself what you can do for the country.” His list of likes and dislikes was quite extensive and sophisticated. However, Bangabandhu rarely got time to read books as he had to give lectures in the districts or give time to the visitors. In his home library, there were only two bookshelves full of books – Churchill, Karl Marx, History of Bengal, History of France and England, Kennedy and Bertrand Russell. Bangabandhu had deep respect and confidence in Islam. He said, ‘I am a Muslim. Through these words, confidence and inner faith of the mind are sounded in his voice. This is possible only if one has deep faith in the original. He was more a believer in the fundamentals of Islam than in performing religious rites. He feared that the years-long rituals would surround Islam in a way that could lead Muslims astray.
As Bangabandhu once said in context, my wife is extremely frugal and cautious, she is always ready for adversity. I have given him all the authority to run the battlefield called Sansar. The joke came out in his eyes, ‘I have given full autonomy to my wife to run the home administration just as I want autonomy for East Pakistan. His wife is a majestic woman with a happy disposition. All the qualities of a Bengali mother exist in her. She is gentle, loving and kind. Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib used to help the poor and needy people with open heart. The humor of this majestic woman was also very strong. A few days after the imposition of martial law, she remarked that martial law had become better. I have a chance to talk to him now. Otherwise, he is always surrounded by visitors. They stay with him till 12 o’clock at night, again they come to him at dawn. She has comforted her husband in times of financial hardship. She has always stood by her side in times of misery and suffering. Sheikh Mujib has occasionally jumped into danger and risk because he knew his wife would not be overwhelmed by anxiety or worry. Behind Mujib’s sacrifice is the sacrifice of his wife, who has endured years of grief and suffering. When Mujib goes to jail, she does not know when her husband will be released from jail. Belief in her husband’s thoughts and actions was the only source of strength for this majestic woman.
Sheikh Mujib was full of praise for his wife. Mujib is not worried about going to jail, because he knows he is leaving his children in safe hands. He thinks his wife is a loving and kind woman. But the thing that attracted Bangabandhu the most was that his wife was very brave. In the past, when the police came and took him away and put him in jail indefinitely, his wife never shed a tear and showed no sign of breaking up. Did she cry during the Agartala conspiracy case? To this question Mujib said, I don’t know by crying. Maybe she cried behind me. I can’t say for sure. Sheikh Mujib is undoubtedly lucky to have such a life partner.
Mujib’s parents arranged the marriage. Their marriage was very successful and both were suitable as a couple. Apparently the two seem different. Mrs. Mujib is soft-spoken, silent and Sheikh Mujib is her opposite. He is very warm, friendly and prefers to take risks. Yet they are bound in the same bond of courage and compassion. The party workers greeted Bangabandhu with great respect and courtesy. Fazlul Haque used to call him grandson and Suhrawardy used to caress him like his own child. “I am not Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the people of my party,” he told a US journalist. “I am Mujib bhai.”
Apart from family, people and politics, another place of love for Mujib was the countryside of East Pakistan. He once told a friend that if I had a house on the side of the road in the village. Then I would see green nature from a distance for a while.
Despite his love of life and politics, he was a nature lover. Everyone will need a few hands of land. “Do you sometimes think about death? When asked, Bangabandhu replied, “I always think of death.” Sheikh Mujib had no qualms about eating habits. “I like white rice, pulses and mashed potatoes the most,” he said of his favorite food. He also likes fish broth. Sheikh Mujib is a man of real perception. His insights did not come from reading books or from abstract things, but from the frustration of unemployed youth, the helplessness of farmers, the hunger and sickness of their children. Insight was more important than intelligence. He does not like lazy, incompetent and emotional idealists. Their stupidity made him angry. He yelled at his colleague, the secretary, but forgot about it after a while. This quality was also present in his leader Suhrawardy. Loyalty and gratitude are two good political weapons, Bangabandhu believed. The goal of Bangabandhu’s life was to do good to the people. He used to say, ‘I have demanded autonomy for both East and West Pakistan. In my eyes, there is no difference between the poor people of East and West Pakistan. After his release from the Agartala conspiracy case, Bangabandhu was much happier than before. Thinking that West Pakistanis may have understood the plight of East Pakistanis. Despite all the arrogance and pride of East Pakistan, Bangabandhu was not a lowly and introverted nationalist. When Ayub Sarkar tried to narrow down our cultural life by omitting Rabindranath Tagore’s poems and songs, Sheikh Mujib declared, ‘Rabindranath is not just a Bengali poet, he is a world poet. Just as people want to read Shakespeare, Aristotle, Karl Marx, they also want to read the writings of Rabindranath Tagore.
He is in dire straits, yet he has not given up hope. As he has always felt, he is an element of East Pakistan’s destiny. He once said to himself, ‘I thought I might be jailed for 20 years in the Agartala conspiracy case. Even if the sentence is commuted considering the case, I will be 64 when I get out of jail.
If the exploitation of my people still does not stop and my six points are not achieved, I will fight for it.
Bangabandhu was kind from his childhood. Even before the beginning of political life, seeing the misery of the impoverished people of the village, he was clearly moved by it. He did not hesitate to donate his sheets to the cold-blooded. He was a righteous man all his life. Observing his political life, we can see his honesty, devotion and concentration. He used to speak in simple language, he used to express the faces of common people in his speeches. He loved ordinary people. Wherever he went, ordinary people would become his relatives.
His honesty, devotion has made him a legend. Wherever he has gone, everyone seems to be his own, very close person. Bangabandhu is not just a name, it is a history. Bangladesh and Bangabandhu are inseparable.
If you want to know Bangladesh, you also need to know Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu is a perfect example of how to build yourself as a leader. His long struggle was very diverse. Repeatedly faced death but did not compromise. The man who has spent his whole life to liberate the country from subjugation, to see an independent sovereign country. But just four years after independence, the man was killed by some greedy and misguided army officers.
We have come to the very edge of the discussion. I’m finishing with a few more discussion! Bangabandhu was not a party leader. He is the national leader of all, irrespective of party affiliation. Although he was the leader of one party, he built national unity with all parties to liberate the country. Bangabandhu knew that the country could not be made independent without unity.
People from all walks of life also adorned him with seats of honor. So he is the leader of all the party. He always loved national unity. Not as the head of the party, but as the leader of the people of the country, the leaders of different parties have accepted and respected him. Analyzing the life of Bangabandhu, one can learn that “Courage is not a thing that can be achieved by a single act. You have to live with this courage for the rest of your life.”
Nayeem Islam Nibir is a young generation political leader and columnist in Bangladesh. He can be reached: email@example.com