Bangabandhu lucky to have Bangamata as partner: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was fortunate enough to have Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib as his life partner who provided him immense strength to work for the country's independence and welfare of the people.
The PM was addressing a programme marking the birth anniversary of Bangamata. She also distributed Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Padak-2022 at the function.
"It was easy for my father to devote fully to the struggle for achieving independence of the country as he got such wonderful life partner and parents beside him," said Hasina.
She said it would have been very tough for Bangabandhu to work for the country and keep full concentration in politics had he not been blessed with a life partner like her mother.
"… if she had kept nagging her husband about various demands, it would have been a tough job for my father."
Hasina said her mother had been gifted with an unusual mental strength to face any problem with courage and adjust her life with difficult situations.
She further said her mother also brought them up in that way and taught her children to face hostile situations with courage.
The PM said political decisions that her mother had made proved helpful for the country's independence movement.
"My mother's attention was on everything that was for the good of the country and its people."
The premier said her mother was confident that the country would attain independence, and this conviction of her mother was very helpful for her father.
"On august 15, she did not beg for her life. She rather sacrificed her life."
Hasina asked the women of the country to be imbibed with Bangamata's ideology.
Noted writer Anwara Syed Haq presented the keynote paper on the life and sacrifices of Bangamata.
The award recipients are: Syeda Zebunnesa Haque (Sylhet) in politics, lawmaker Selima Ahmed (Cumilla) in economics, former Dhaka University pro-vice chancellor Nasreen Ahmad in education, Achhia Alam (Kishoreganj) in social service and valiant freedom fighter of Gopalganj Ashalata Baidya (commander during the Liberation War) in independence and Liberation War.
A documentary on Bangamata was screened at the programme.
The PM also distributed Tk 2,000 to 2,500 each among insolvent women across the country through mobile banking. She gave away some 4,500 sewing machines to the women in need.
Hasina unveiled the cover of her book titled "Sheikh Fazilatunnesa: Amar Maa" .
The premier opened a women's hostel named after Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib in the capital.