On the occasion of the 98th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as National Children’s Day, I pay my profound respect to the memory of the greatest leader. On this auspicious day, I also convey my heartfelt greetings and felicitations to the children of Bangladesh and the world as well.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, an undisputed leader of the Bangali, the dreamer of independent and sovereign Bangladesh, Father of the Nation, was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj district on 17 March 1920. Since his boyhood, the most distinguished great man was very kind-hearted and generous one, but uncompromising on attaining rights. The leadership quality of Sheikh Mujib was noticed from his school life. As a young student leader in the early forties of the last century, he actively participated in politics, coming close association with the then legendary leaders Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Haque. He was a dreamer of Bangali nation and an ardent proponent of Bangali nationalism. The visionary leader led the nation in every movement towards attaining democracy and autonomy including the Language Movement in 1952, Jukta-Front Election in 1954, movement against Martial Law in 1958, Six-Point Movement in 1966, Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the General Elections in 1970. For this, he was sent to Jail several times and had to bear inhuman sufferings. Despite manifold challenges, he never compromised with the Pakistani rulers on the question of establishing rights of the Bangali. Crossing many acclivity and declivity, finally, he declared country’s independence on March 26, 1971. Responding to his clarion call, the people from all strata participated in the War of Liberation in 1971 and achieved their ultimate victory on December 16, 1971 through a nine-month long armed struggle. For his extraordinary contributions towards achieving Independence, Bangabandhu and Bangladesh thus emerged as a unique symbol to the people of Bangladesh. He would remain as an ever surpassing personality in society, nation and in the contemporary world for his outstanding leadership quality and works. He is the symbol of independence and the harbinger of freedom not only for the Bangali but also for the down-trodden and oppressed people of the world.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh, always dreamt of building a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal). We have to build our young generation as worthy citizens to materialize Bangabandhu’s dream of transforming our country into ‘Sonar-Bangla’. We have to render our sincere endeavour to our children for flourishing the intrinsic values from very childhood. We have to make our generation as enlightened citizens through providing proper education and knowledge and igniting them with the deep sense of patriotism so that they can make themselves as worthy citizens and love the country and its people.
I welcome government’s initiative to observe the `National Children’s Day on the occasion of birthday of Bangabandhu. Our new generation will be able to know the life and works of Bangabandhu through observing the day and will contribute to building the nation imbued with the spirit of patriotism. I urge all, irrespective of party affiliation, to take united efforts for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh and ensuring bright future of our children.
Bangabandhu is the eternal source of our inspiration and he will remain among ourselves forever for his noble deeds and ideals. I pray to the Almighty for the salvation of the departed soul of Father of The Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 98th birthday.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.