Bangabandhu’s Birth Centenary Special

Bangabandhu’s Birth Centenary Special

Tribute to a towering figure of history

We bring out a special issue today dedicated to the man who led us to freedom and made possible the birth of our country – Bangladesh – and whose birth centenary we start observing from today.

“Dedicate to the cause of the nation”

Prio Deshbashi, my colleagues in the Government of Bangladesh, before my return had declared March 17 as a public holiday on account of my birthday. At that time as you may remember I was a captive in the fascist prison. I wish to thank my colleagues and others who in token of their love for me had made this arrangement.

Letter to Tajuddin

[Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s confiscated letter written on 19.08.1966 from Dhaka Central Jail to Tajuddin Ahmed who was imprisoned in Mymensingh District Jail.]

Letter to Manik Miah

This letter was written by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah in his Dhaka address on 06.04.1952 from Tungipara, Faridpur. The letter was confiscated by police detectives from Wari post office on 10.04.1952.

Bhashani’s letter to Bangabandhu

[This confiscated letter was written by Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka Central Jail from Karkun Bari Lane, Dhaka on 30-04-1951]

Letter to daughter, Sheikh Hasina

Take my love and affection. I had received Wazed’s letter; replied to him as well, perhaps he has received it. I didn’t even get to see

On China and Nationalism

Bangla is my mother language. Speeches should be made in one’s mother language. Since people from all countries around the world know at least a little bit about the language movement of the people of East Bengal.

Don’t attack Huq Saheb

I remember one particular day when my father and I discussed politics till two o’clock in the morning. My father was very impressed with my views. The only advice he had for me was that I should desist from attacking Mr Fazlul Huq personally. This was also what my mother told me another day.

My loving mother

When I went out in the morning, I noticed that those who had been interned in old cell number 20 were looking at me through an opening in the door. Little by little, I went towards them. I asked them how they were feeling. They had sad stories to tell…

Father and son football face off

In school I was crazy about sports. However, my father tried to discourage me from playing since my heart wasn’t strong.

Father-son bond

[Bangabandhu’s confiscated letter written to his father, Sheikh Lutfar Rahman, in Tungipara, Faridpur address

Fazilatunnesa: An unwavering support

Renu is the nickname of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib. She wasn’t just a wife, but Bangabandhu’s companion,

Bangabandhu and Suhrawardy’s partnership continues

[This confiscated letter was written on 21/12/1950 by Security Prisoner Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman while in Faridpur District Jail, addressed to H. S. Suhrawardy in Lahore (West Pakistan).]

Bangabandhu’s first imprisonment

The Hindus and Muslims were somewhat wary of each other. There were a few Hindu villages surrounding Gopalganj town.

Encounter with Suhrawardy and Fazlul Huq

In 1938 a significant event of my life occurred. Mr [Fazlul] Huq was then the prime minister of Bengal and Mr Suhrawardy the