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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

GROUND REALITIES

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

TAJUDDIN Ahmed was a man of history. He understood the nuances of history. He was able to analyse history in all the forensic details that such analyses called for. Of greater importance than all this preoccupation with history on his part was his own role in the making of history. Between 17 April...

SPOTLIGHT

State vs. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and others

State vs. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and others

He recognised a journalist in the courtroom, and tried to draw his attention. The journalist, however, pretended not to have heard him. After the rebel -- accused of a very grave crime -- tried again, the journalist whispered, “Mujib bhai, we can't talk. There are intelligence people all over the place.” That was probably...

  

Mujib 'illegal' PM in 1972

In yet another demonstration of his creative imagination, BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has claimed that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became prime minister "illegally" in 1972. Tarique's latest discovery comes less than two weeks after he made the startling remark that his father Ziaur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh. Quoting the declaration of independence, he said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to remain president and Syed Nazrul Islam vice-president until a constitution was adopted. "Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to the country...

Tarique's comments seditious: AL

Tarique's comments seditious: AL

The ruling Awami League has termed seditious BNP leader Tarique Rahman’s statement that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became prime minister in 1972 "illegally". “His lies about the established facts are similar to treason against the state,” AL Publicity Secretary Hasan Mahmud said at a press conference, reports the Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The ruling party...

GROUND REALITIES

Mujib, Bhutto . . . and lost times

A visit to the Foreign Affairs Training Academy, once President's House in the Pakistani era and then Ganobhavan in the first two years of Bangabandhu's government, is occasion for a rekindling of memories. On the sprawling lawn, away from the public eye, is the spot where Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto conversed briefly, before going back into the building, on March 22, 1971. As a political crisis gathered in intensity all across Pakistan, the Awami League leader...

Mujib was illegal PM in ’72: Tarique

Mujib was illegal PM in ’72: Tarique

BNP Senior-Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman yesterday said that “Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an illegal prime minister in 1972 that the same way Sheikh Hasina is the illegal prime minister now by force,” according to a report by the Bangla daily Prothom Alo. His comments came when he was speaking at a view exchange function...

STRAIGHT LINE

The incomparable braveheart called Bangabandhu

The incomparable braveheart called Bangabandhu

A brave soul named Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, fondly called Bangabandhu by his people, was born on March 17, and on March 26, 1971, his lifelong dream of emancipating the Bengalis came true with the rise of the sovereign state of Bangladesh. As the nation is poised to celebrate the Independence day it is only proper that a grateful nation and the world beyond gets to know the real dimension of the towering statesman. In fact, the architect of our freedom needs to be studied by all. The aggravated tragedy for the Bangladeshi society is that even thirty-nine years after the deplorable assassination of the iconic leader of our national emancipation,...

Bangabandhu's Birth Anniversary

History's troubadour

History's troubadour

BANGABANDHU Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would be ninety four today, a venerable statesman, avuncular to the generation that went to war in 1971 and a grandfather figure to the children of the war generation. In Bangabandhu there was an abundance of humour. Asked by newsmen in January 1972, on the day he took over as prime minister of a newly free Bangladesh, why he had not given portfolios to some of the new ministers about to take the oath of office, he advised them to wait. But he did mention that the health and family...

Bangabandhu's Birth Anniversary

The man behind the nation

The man behind the nation

HAD he been alive today, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would have been 94 years old. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He had to struggle hard to rise to fame and become the liberator of the nation. Leaders like Bangabandhu are not born every day. They belong to a rare breed of statesmen like Mahatma Gandhi of India, Mao Tse-tung of China and Nelson Mandela of South Africa, who came to this world to change the course of history. Sheikh Mujib put forward his historic 6-Point demands in 1966...

CROSS TALK

Unhappy the land that needs heroes

A culture is known by its heroes, and we have many heroes. Our language martyrs are our heroes. The martyrs of the Liberation War are our heroes. We're unfortunately divided on them, but both Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman are our heroes. If we broaden the horizon, all of those who died for this country must be our heroes. Then again, heroes don't always have to be dead people. Language activists and freedom fighters living amongst us also...

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