On the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, I pay my profound respect 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 time, was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj district on 17 March 1920. Since his boyhood he was very kind and generous but uncompromising on attaining rights. The leadership quality of Sheikh Mujib was noticed from his school life. In the early forties of the last century as a young student leader, he actively participated in politics having close association with Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Haque. He always cherished the thought of Bangla, Bangalee and Bangladesh. He was the dreamer of Bangalee nation and an ardent exponent of Bangalee nationalism. This visionary leader led the nation in every movement towards attaining democracy and autonomy including the Language Movement in 1952, Jukta-Front Election in 1954, movement against Martial Law in 1958, Six-Point Movement in 1966, Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the General Elections in 1970. For this, he was sent to jail several times and had to bear inhuman sufferings. Despite manifold challenges, he did never compromise with the Pakistani rulers on the question of establishing rights. Finally, this undisputed leader of the Bangalees declared country’s independence on March 26, 1971. Responding to his clarion call the people from all strata participated in the War of Liberation 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.
In the context of his overall contributions, Bangabandhu had appeared before us not only as a person but also as a unique history of the time. He would also remain as an ever surpassing personality in society, nation and in the contemporary world for his extraordinary qualities and works. He is the symbol of independence and the forerunner of freedom of the down-trodden and oppressed people of the world.
Just after independence, Father of the Nation devoted himself to reconstruct war-torn Bangladesh and emphasized on making diplomatic relations with friendly countries and world community on the principle of ‘Friendship to all and malice towards none’. Bangladesh, therefore, was rapidly recognized in international arena for the world-wide acceptance and outstanding leadership qualities of Bangabandhu.
We have to build our young generation with the sense of noble qualities so that they can materialize Bangabandhu’s dream of transforming the country into ‘Sonar-Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). Let us put our sincere endeavour to flourish the great virtues and intrinsic values of our children from their very childhood. Let us illuminate our young generation with giving them proper education and knowledge and igniting deep sense of patriotism and dedication as they can make themselves as worthy citizens and love the country and its people.
Bangladesh is one of the signatories to the UN Child Rights Convention and our Government is pledged bound 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 Bangladesh and ensuring bright future of 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 95th birth anniversary.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.