Dhaka –The 96th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being celebrated across the country on Thursday with due respect.
On March 17 in 1920, the architect of the nation was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.
Through his dynamic leadership, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had organised the Bengali nation to fight against exploitation and repression by Pakistani rulers that culminated in independent Bangladesh through nine months of war in 1971.
On August 15, 1975, Bangabandh was assassinated along with most members of his family by a group of misguided army men.
The day is a public holiday and is being observed as National Children’s Day .
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages marking the day.
The President said, “We’ll have to build our young generation with the spirit of noble qualities so that they can materialise Bangabandhu’s dream of transforming the country into ‘Sonar-Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). We have to put in our sincere endeavour to flourish the intrinsic values of our children from their very childhood.”
He urged all, irrespective of party affiliation, to take united efforts for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh and ensuring a bright future for children.
Hasina said, ”The charismatic leadership and personality of Bangabandhu had brought the whole nation under one umbrella. As a result of which we got the independence and sovereign Bangladesh, and the Bangalee nationalism flourished.”
“We are pledge-bound to make our beloved Bangladesh as a safe habitat for children. We have to work together, irrespective of party affiliation and opinion, to build the children developing their self-confidence, flourishing their patriotism, creativity and building their personality,” she added.
The ruling party will organise a discussion marking the Bangabandhu’s birth anniversary at Bangabandhu International Conference Center at 3pm on March 18.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the programme. – UNB