Describing Sheikh Kamal as a versatile person, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said he could have contributed a lot to society had he been alive today.
"This multifaceted talent in one person is really rare … had Kamal been alive now, he could have given many things to this society. He could have contributed [more] to all sectors of the country ... . He had contributed, too," she said.
The premier was addressing a virtual discussion marking the 71st birth anniversary of Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hasina joined the programme, organised by youth and sports ministry, from the Gono Bhaban. It was telecast live from Jatiya Krira Parishad Bhaban.
The PM said Kamal was two years younger than her, but he was mature in the case of knowledge, wisdom and many other things. "His talents were multifaceted. He was a sports organiser on one hand and he had potentials in the cultural arena on the other."
She said Kamal had set up "Spondon Shilpi Gosthi" and contributed towards founding Dhaka Theatre. "He used to act, sing songs and play the Sitar."
Kamal had great passion for Abahani and he made it stronger, she said.
Hasina recalled when she and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana were set to go to Germany on June 30, 1975 after Kamal's marriage, he asked her to bring Adidas boots for the players of his football team.
Hasina, in her emotion-choked voice, said her brother Kamal never sought anything for him.
Talking about his contributions to politics, the PM said his role in politics was also enormous.
She said Kamal, a valiant freedom fighter, had played an active and bold role in every movement and struggle after the Six-Point Programme, particularly the 1969 Mass Upsurge after the arrest of the Father of the Nation in the "Agartola conspiracy" case.
The premier said Kamal had actively participated in the Liberation War after having proper training.
She said it was a strange matter that the birthdays of Kamal and her mother Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib are on the 5th and 8th of August respectively and in this very month she lost most of her family members.
Mentioning that her brothers Kamal and Jamal were commissioned officers of Bangladesh Army, Hasina said they along with other family members were killed brutally by those with whom he worked.
PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman and State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid spoke at the function, presided over by State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel.
Kamal's friends recalled their memories with him and focused on his works and life.
At the function, the PM unveiled the cover of a book written on Kamal.