Sacrifice the present for children’s future: PM
17 March 2016, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the countrymen to sacrifice their present for the welfare of the children and to work unitedly to build a hunger, poverty and illiteracy-free “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Let us sacrifice our present for the welfare of our children’s future. Let us get together and build a hunger, poverty and illiteracy-free “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by the Father of the Nation,” she said in a message on the occasion of the 97th birthday of Bangabandhu and the National Children’s Day tomorrow.
The Premier said her government is pledge-bound to make Bangladesh a safe habitat for the children.
“We have to work together irrespective of party affiliation or opinion to groom the children developing their self-confidence, flourishing their patriotism, creativity and building their personality…they have to learn the history of our beloved motherland and the struggling life of the Father of the Nation,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina paid deep homage to the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 97th birthday and National Children’s Day. “I convey my best wishes to the countrymen, especially the children, on this auspicious day,” she said.
The Prime Minister said Bangabandhu was a legendary leader from his boyhood, he was fearless, courageous and benevolent. He was the last resort to realise the righteous demands of the people of Bangladesh.
Having keen memory and vision, she said, the aim of Bangabandhu’s long career was to free the Bangalee nation from the shackle of subjugation. He led the movement to establish the state language.
The Premier said in 1948, State Language Movement Council was constituted comprising Tamuddun Majlish, Student League and other student bodies as per a proposal of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She said Bangabandhu was arrested as a general strike was enforced on 11 March 1948 to realise the demand for recognising Bangla as the state language. He was arrested time and again from 1948 to 1952.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu led the Language Movement both from in and outside the jail. During the tragic incident of 21 February 1952, Bangabandhu gave directives from his internment.
“In line with this, the election of United Front in 1954, the anti-martial law movement against the military junta Ayub Khan in 1958, the movement against Education Commission in 1962, the historic 6-point movement of 1966, mass upsurge in 1969, general elections in 1970 and the independence war of 1971 were carried out under the undisputed leadership of Bangabandhu,” she said.
The charismatic leadership and personality of Bangabandhu, she said, brought the whole nation under one umbrella. “As a result of this, we got the independence and sovereign Bangladesh. . . the Bangalee nationalism flourished.”
Sheikh Hasina said the Father of the Nation was not only the leader of Bangalee but also a forerunner in realising the rights of the oppressed and deprived masses of the world. “When Bangabandhu devoted himself to rebuilding the country, the anti-liberation and reactionary forces brutally killed him along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975.”
Sheikh Hasina said as a result, the spirit of the War of Liberation, Bangladesh’s democratic march and development spree were halted. “The illegal military rulers then defaced the country’s constitution, which was one of the finest constitutions of the world,” she said.
The Prime Minister said they rehabilitated the anti-liberation, war criminals and reactionary forces. The countrymen were deprived of their rights to life and vote…the history of independence and freedom struggle was distorted.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangalee nation was freed from the stigma at least to some extent through the execution of the capital punishment pronounced by the highest court of the country in the Bangabandhu killing case.
“Efforts are underway to bring back home the remaining absconding killers to implement the verdict,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the trials of war criminals are now going on and verdicts against them are being executed. The verdicts of the cases for killing the intellectuals will also be executed.
“We are committed to materialising the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu defeating the conspiracies of anti-liberation and undemocratic forces,” she said.
She said Bangabandhu had limitless love for the children. That’s why, the day of his birth has been declared as the National Children’s Day.
“On this day, I pray to the Almighty Allah for the peace of the departed soul of Bangabandhu and for the prosperous future of our children and juveniles,” she said.