Had Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman been alive, Bangladesh would have turned into a developed country 40 years ago, said Awami League Advisory Council member Amir Hossain Amu.
“In 1972, Bangabandhu established the country’s first satellite earth station at Betbunia in Kawkhali upazila under Rangamati. It took 40 years for the satellite to be launched. The country’s development was halted after assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975. The country got liberated 49 years ago, but anti-liberation force was in state power for 34 years,” he said.Amu was addressing a dialogue titled “49 years into independence: Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in terms of economy, culture and communal harmony.” The programme was organised by Bangladesh Social Activist Forum (BSAF) at Jatiya Press Club on Saturday.
Bangladesh has achieved unprecedented development during the Awami League rule led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.
Had Bangabandhu been alive, Bangladesh would have seen its name in the list of the most developed countries in the world 40 years ago, he opined.
Spokesman for the Awami League-led 14-party Grand Alliance, Amu called upon the countrymen to be united to thwart conspiracies being hatched by anti-liberation forces for uninterrupted development of the country.
Former ambassador Dr Neem Chandra Bhowmik said the anti-liberation forces have intensified conspiracies being jealous of the country’s development.
BSAF Chief Coordinator Mufti Masum Billah Nafiri termed Bangladesh perfect example of communal harmony.Many secular states in the world are seen to be deviating from the spirit, but Bangladesh is an exception, he said.
About recent damage to Bangabandhu sculpture in Kushtia and protest against the government’s plan to construct a sculpture in Dhaka, he said such acts purported to deny the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the country and its people.