39th death anniversary of Moulana Bhasani today
17 November 2015, Nirapad News: The 39th death anniversary of veteran politician Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani will be observed across the country tomorrow.
Popularly known as “Majlum Jananeta”, the leader of the downtrodden, Moulana Bhasani, passed away on November 17 in 1976.
To mark the day, different organisations including Bangladesh Workers’ Party, Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP Bhasani), Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bashani Parishad, Shaheed Asad Parishad, Bangladesh Garib Mukti Andolon and other political and social organisations have chalked out various programmes.
Bangladesh Workers’ Party will place wreaths at Bhasani’s mazar at Santosh in Tangail at 10 am.
Bangladesh NAP has chalked out three-day programme marking the day. The programme includes discussion meetings in Dhaka and all districts highlighting ideology of the veteran leader.
Shaheed Asad Parishad and Bangladesh Garib Mukti Andolon will hold a discussion meeting, art competition and poetry reading session in front of TSC of the Dhaka University.
Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bashani Parishad will organize photo exhibition in front of National Museum at 11 am and mass rally at Shahbagh Square at 4 pm.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad gave separate messages to mark the day paying rich tributes to Moulana Bhasani.
In his message, the President recalled Moulana Bhasani’s life long struggle against the oppression and deprivation and his pioneering role in the country’s independence movement with gratitude. The President hoped that the contribution of Majlum Janoneta (Laeder of the poor) would be ever remembered by the people of the country with gratitude. President believed that the ideals of Moulana Bhasani will inspire the new generation with patriotism. He prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of the popular politician.
In a separate message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Moulana Bhasani had “deep idealistic unity and political closeness” with Greatest Bengali of all Time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She said Maulana Bhasani had struggled throughout his life for establishing rights of the working class.
The Prime Minister said Bhasani was vocal against the repression of the Pakistani colonial rule and played a significant role in the making of Bangalee nationhood.
Bhasani was a popular leader in his fight against imperialism and oppression of Pakistani rulers. Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, born in 1880 in Dhangara in Sirajganj, was the son of Haji Sharafat Ali Khan. He gained immense popularity among peasants. He is regarded as the proponent of secular and left-leaning politics in current days Bangladesh.
He was the founder and president of the Pakistan Awami Muslim League which later became Awami League (AL). He also formed a progressive political organization called National Awami Party (NAP).
After Pakistan’s 1965 war with India, Bhasani extended his support to Field Marshal Ayub Khan’s regime for its China-leaning foreign policy; but later he gave the leadership to mass uprising against the regime in 1968-69.
Bhasani played a very significant role in the 1969 movement which eventually led to the collapse of the Ayub regime and the release of Bangabandhu and other co-accused in the so-called Agartala conspiracy case against Pakistan.