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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

GROUND REALITIES

Six Points and a long-ago June

THERE are, in the annals of history, certain defining moments in the evolution of nations. In Bangladesh's case, such a moment came on February 5, 1966, when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, general secretary of the East Pakistan Awami League, revealed in Lahore a broad-ranging formula for regional autonomy. That formula was of course the Six Point plan, which in time would lead to a wider movement and eventually an armed struggle for East Pakistan's emergence as the independent People's Republic...

He never helped us after Aug 15

He never helped us after Aug 15

Denouncing the inactive role of the then foreign minister Dr Kamal Hossain in protecting Bangabandhu's two daughters after his assassination in 1975, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said neither she nor her sister got any help from him during their difficult days in the erstwhile West Germany. “When the Father of the Nation was...

A different meeting for PM indeed!

A different meeting for PM indeed!

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today held a meeting with officials of the defence ministry using the furniture used by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman when he was premier and president of the country. The defence ministry, which was the office of the then head of the government, is just beside Gono Bhaban, official residence of...

Dhanmondi Playfield

Grabbers milking name of Bangabandhu's son

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club is exploiting the name of a member of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's family to strengthen its illegal grip on the road-8 public playground, agitating environmental activists told a rally yesterday.         Some 50 environmentalist organisations under the banner of "Save Dhanmondi Playground Movement" organised the protest programme in front of the capital's Jatiya Press Club, demanding cancellation of what they called a false case against some eminent green activists fighting for freeing the public space.   Organisers...

History's first Bengali government

THE emergence of the provisional Bangladesh government in Mujibnagar, forty three years ago on this day on April 17, 1971, was a defining moment for the Bengali nation. The first Bengali government in history, administered by Bengalis and for Bengalis, it took shape in the grey region between the sinister and the illuminating. The sinister was the programmed genocide launched with unprecedented viciousness by the Pakistan occupation army; and the illuminating was the truth that such a brutal assault...

GROUND REALITIES

Waging war against Bangabandhu

NOT many days ago, Sadek Hossain Khoka loftily informed the country that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's desire in 1971 was to be prime minister of Pakistan. If you choose to remind yourself, there are hordes of anti-Mujib elements in this country who will keep speaking of Bangabandhu's 'surrender' to the Pakistan army on the night of 25-26 March 1971. You are, therefore, not really surprised at the dissembling such men do in their parochial interest. The problem with Khoka,...

Do 'study' as Tarique did

Do 'study' as Tarique did

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has advised Awami League leaders to do some study of history, claiming that Tarique Rahman has revealed some "historical truths" after studying different books. Fakhrul also went on to compare Tarique with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and said, “After his revolution, Castro had said in a court: 'I may be hanged, but history will embrace me.' And we know history has embraced him [Castro].” Addressing a meeting at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday, he said, “There is enough information to support what Tarique has said in London. If Tarique Rahman is wrong, prove it providing proper evidence and information.”   Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, a...

News Analysis

Tarique & two collaborators

Tarique & two collaborators

BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman is not the first person to have questioned the legality of the assumption of prime ministerial office by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in newly independent Bangladesh. Before him, two individuals facing trial on charges of collaborating with Pakistan occupation army during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971 had done...

Tarique's remarks ISI prescribed

Senior ministers and lawmakers in parliament yesterday demanded the government bring BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman to book immediately for his “seditious” comments on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.   Tarique, who has been living in exile in London since 2008, deliberately made the remarks to distort history and destabilise the country as part of a conspiracy by Pakistan and its secret service ISI, they said. Triggering huge criticism, Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday said Bangabandhu Sheikh...

News Analysis

Hilarious-torian on the block

Hilarious-torian on the block

The constitutional provision for the election of a prime minister in the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy is crystal clear. The leader of the majority party in parliament is elected prime minister.    BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, who has been living for more than five years now in the UK, the birthplace of...

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