Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are two inseparable names. One cannot be imagined without the other.

 

Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are two inseparable names.  One cannot be imagined without the other.  The most glorious chapter in the thousand year history of Bangladesh is our war of independence and liberation.  The great hero of this glorious chapter is Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  Bangabandhu made this nation organized, aware and united.  His goal was to build the motherland as an independent, sovereign and dignified state.  Where we will get rid of poverty, illiteracy, deprivation and build a developed and prosperous country.  Towards Shurman he took charge of a war-torn country.  The Pakistani invaders destroyed the entire communication system.  Roads, ghats, bridges, seaports, two and a half to three thousand bridges were demolished.

When Bangladesh under the leadership of Bangabandhu was moving towards the realization of the goal of liberation war, the enemies of independence and liberation war killed him and his family on 15 August 1975.  We express our deep respect to Bangabandhu and all the martyrs.

My absolute good fortune - I got the love and affection of Bangabandhu. The year was 1973.  After all this time, I don't remember the date today.  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was invited to the conference of Sylhet District Chhatra League.  At that time there was a very friendly relationship between Chhatra League and Chhatra Union in Sylhet.  Leaders of both the organizations were invited to the event and seated with distinguished guests.  Even if the central leader of one organization stayed in Dhaka, the local leaders of the other organization would come to the station to give a reception.  Anyway, Sheikh Mujib has come to Sylhet.  In the afternoon there was a public meeting at the registry ground.  And after the evening there was a cultural program at Sarada Hall.

At that time I was a student of Sylhet MC College and General Secretary of Sylhet District Branch of Student Union.  I was also present at the cultural event at Sarada Hall that day.  As a rule, I was seated in the front row with the other guests.  Suddenly I noticed that the person sitting next to me was none other than Sheikh Mujib himself.

For good reason I was a little numb.  I'm embarrassed, it seems he understood.  He sat in a very simple posture.  Once or twice he looked at me sideways.  Then he patted my back and said, sit down easily.  Is it possible to be a leader?

He said it as if he already knew me.  In his sincerity, I got a chance to be easy in the moment.  After a few words in the middle of the program, he sat down in the tone of the guardian and said, ‘Do you just work for the organization, or do you also study?  The boys in the student union, of course, study - am I right? '  Now I don't remember them clearly.  But I remember one more incident on that occasion.  Before the cultural program, the then central president of Chhatra League Shah Moazzem Hossain gave a speech.  Although he was the central leader of Chhatra League, I did not think that the manner in which he spoke was in line with the ideology and vision of Chhatra League, Awami League or Bangabandhu at that time.  In his speech, he spoke about secularism, non-sectarianism and nationalist sentiments in a way that touched the ears of Sheikh Saheb.  So he pushed me and said, listen, what are you guys.

I was shocked and thought, maybe not me, but someone next door.  But no, I looked at him and realized he told me.  In such a short period of time, Sheikh Mujib had the extraordinary quality of adopting the address from 'you' to 'you'.  Needless to say, after spending quite a bit of time with him, he didn’t easily fall asleep in my eyes that night.  But even then he was not only Awami League leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangabandhu or the father of the nation.

I have heard from many that once the conversation was over, he would remember the name and identity of the worker and not forget it.  Even though I am not his party worker, it has been proved true in my case as well.  The events of 1986.  In order to awaken the Bengali nation on the basis of nationalist consciousness, he was holding public rallies all over the country for the purpose of propagating the 6-point demand and movement.  After these public meetings, the Pakistani government used to file cases against him and arrest him almost everywhere.  He would be released on bail if the police arrested him and produced him in court, and he would be re-arrested and taken elsewhere.  Similarly in Sylhet, on the day he was taken to court, I was in Sylhet on personal business.  However, after passing BA in 1975, I was admitted to Dhaka University.  I got the news and went to see him.  Seeing me, he waved his hand.  To my surprise, I noticed that I had met him for a short time three years ago, but he recognized me.

Then came 1989.  The mass uprising was created on the basis of 6 points and 11 points.  Ethnic consciousness and the courage and determination of the Bengali nation developed through mass uprisings.  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was released on 22 February under the pressure of mass movement.  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was given a reception at the Race Course Ground on 23 February on the initiative of the All-Party Student Struggle Council.  There he was awarded the title of 'Bangabandhu'.  The announcement was made by Tofail Ahmed, one of the leaders of the all-party student struggle council and VP of Daksh on behalf of the students and the people of the country.

The next day, on 24 February, we met Bangabandhu with some members of the student union.  He praised our work and movement, saying, ‘There is still a lot of work to be done.  You have to prepare well.  I have a lot of confidence in the student union. '

Although I did not immediately understand the subject of this preparation, I later realized that he was talking about the preparation for the liberation of the Bengali nation - which was a religious goal of his life.  As an activist of the student movement, I have met and talked with Bangabandhu from time to time before independence.  But intimacy with him developed after independence.

On December 16, 1971, our great war of liberation was won at the cost of three million lives.  We snatched this victory in return for the heroic struggle of our countrymen, boundless misery and humiliation.  But this victory was still incomplete.  Because the great hero of the liberation war Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was still a prisoner in Pakistan.

Bangabandhu was released and returned to the country on 10 January 1972.  The whole country was overwhelmed by the news of his release.  Members of the cabinet of the independent Bangladesh government, Awami League leaders, Chhatra League, Chhatra Union and Daksu leaders were given the opportunity to welcome Bangabandhu at the Biman Stairs of Dhaka Airport.

As the president of the student union, I also got that opportunity.  As soon as the British Royal Air Force plane carrying Bangabandhu landed at the right place, almost everyone present, including Tara, who was engaged in maintaining law and order, stumbled.  It was not possible to give him the reception as planned.  As soon as Bangabandhu got out of the plane, he was overwhelmed with emotion when he saw the sky, the land and the people in the independent Bangladesh of his dreams.  In the midst of a huge crowd and rush, he was somehow brought down and put in a truck.  A day later we went to meet him on behalf of the student union.  He hugged and caressed us.  He said that it was his dream to build this independent country as a golden Bengal.  Asking for our cooperation in this work, he further said that he would be happy if we go to him for any work at any time.  He said that if necessary, he should go to his house No. 32 in Dhanmondi before 9 am.  If necessary, sit at the breakfast table and talk to us.  If for some reason it is not possible, pick it up in the car.  The rest will be talked about going to the office.  How long have I been in his car in his car?  I have suggested many germans.

The national conference of the student union was held in April 1982 at Suhrawardy Udyan.  That was a huge conference.  Such a big student conference has never happened in the country before.  Bangabandhu was invited as the chief guest in that conference.  The conference was attended by representatives of many foreign student and youth organizations, including representatives of international student unions.  Before the inauguration of the conference at 10 am, I went to his house number 32 to bring Bangabandhu to the conference venue.  As soon as he enters his two-storey room, he says, what, everything is fine?  He instructed me inside to give me something to eat.  I agreed.  But by then sweet and salty were in front of me.  I could not do without the mouth.  Then we left in his car for the conference.  He got to know the details of the conference while going by car.  He also hinted at what style he would address the conference.

In his speech at the conference, Bangabandhu explained the situation in the country and praised the role of student unions in the war of liberation and democratic struggle.  He said, now we have to build an independent Bengal together.  I agreed with Bangabandhu's statement.  "The goal of building an independent Bangladesh is that we should unite in a single student organization.  We are ready for this.  Our goal has not yet been fully achieved, the enemy is still active. "  Later Bangabandhu praised my statement.  One more thing comes to mind in this context.  When Selim and I (then general secretary of the student union and now president of the Communist Party Mujahidul Islam Selim) went to Ganobhaban and invited Bangabandhu to be the chief guest at the student union conference, he gladly agreed.  In 1982, the student union won a landslide victory in the election of the Central Student Parliament of Dhaka University (Daksu), BUET and other universities and colleges of the country.  Bangabandhu took this victory of the student union easily. He congratulated us on the call and instructed us to do a lot of work.

The second Congress of the Communist Party was held in December 1973 at the Institute of Engineers.  It was the first open congress of the CPB.  Bangabandhu was the chief guest.  I was sent to bring him to the stage.  I then left student politics and just started working directly in CPB.  So it was a matter of honor and pride for me to go and bring Bangabandhu.  I was a little hesitant thinking how Bangabandhu would accept me.  But he looked at me and asked happily, then you became the leader of the Communist Party?  Well, very good.  Even in a newly independent country, young people like you have to lead.

Those who have mingled with Bangabandhu even for a day know that in his personal life he was a good-natured, humble and humorous man.  He was a great leader.  We are blessed to have a generous leader like him.  Bangabandhu wanted to get me as a member of his party.  I didn't know he was alive.  I learned that twenty years after his death, I joined the Awami League led by his daughter Sheikh Hasina and went to Beanibazar to attend a reception at the house of Mr. MA Aziz, a long time colleague of Bangabandhu, a veteran leader who had just passed away a few days ago.  Today I am an Awami League activist against the backdrop of the rise and fall of national and international politics.  The goal of real emancipation of the people is that the lessons of politics that we have learned in school life, are now being implemented under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.  I will never deviate from my commitment to work with devotion and honesty for the country and the people.

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