On the occasion of the 94th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, I pay my profound tribute to the memory of this greatest leader. On this auspicious day, I also convey my heartfelt greetings and felicitations to the children of Bangladesh as this day is being observed as ‘National Children Day’ across the country.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj district on 17 March 1920. Since his boyhood he was humane and generous but uncompromising on the question of establishing rights. He always nourished Bangla, Bangalee and Bangladesh in his thought. This undisputed leader raised his voice for achieving the rights of the Bangalee from his tender age. He was the dreamer of Banglee nation. In early forties of the last century, he actively participated in politics in close association with Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Haque. He was the exponent of Bangalee nationalism. This visionary leader led the nation in every movement towards attaining democracy and autonomy including Language Movement in 1952, Jukta-Front Election in \'54, movement against Martial Law in \'58, Six-Point Movement in `66, Mass Upsurge in \'69 and the general elections in `70. During the Pakistani regime, he was sent to jail several times and had to endure inhuman sufferings for the cause of his active participations and his firm stance in favour of independence. Despite myriad challenges, he did never compromise with the Pakistani rulers. Finally, this great leader of the Bangalees declared country’s independence on March 26, 1971. Responding to his clarion call, the countrymen from all strata participated in the Liberation War in 1971 and achieved ultimate victory on December 16, 1971 through a nine-month long armed struggle. For his extraordinary contributions towards achieving Independence, Bangabandhu and Bangladesh emerged as a unique symbol to the people of Bangladesh. Therefore, the name of Bangabandhu would remain in golden letters forever in our history.
Just after independence, Father of the Nation devoted himself to reconstruct war-torn Bangladesh and emphasized on building diplomatic relations with friendly countries and world community as well. He adopted our foreign policy dictum `Friendship to all and malice towards none’.
It is our foremost duty to make our young generation with the noble spirit of patriotism so that they can lead the nation towards prosperity and able to materialize Bangabandhu’s dream to transform the country into `Sonar-Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). Let us put our sincere endeavour to flourish the noble qualities and intrinsic values of our children from their very childhood as they can love our country and her people. Let us inspire the young generation with the deep sense of patriotism possessed by Bangabandhu throughout his life.
Bangladesh is one of the signatories to the UN Child Rights Convention and our Government is pledged to protect and preserve the rights of children. I welcome the initiative in observing the `National Children Day’ on the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu. I urge upon all irrespective of party affiliation to work unitedly for building a happy and prosperous nation as well as the bright future for our children.
I pray to the Almighty for the salvation of the departed soul of Father of The Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 94th birth anniversary.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.