Wishing our Jononetree Sheikh Hasina many happy returns of the day! Happy Birthday to Jononetree Sheikh Hasina! The birthday of our honorable Prime Minister, particularly for this year, has brought the people of Bangladesh a very surprising prestige, mainly because she attained the SDG Progress Award. The UN has awarded her such a rare prestige for stable development, replying to the worldwide demand to act culminating poverty, defend the planet, and confirm peace, harmony, and prosperity for the people in general.
We are fortunate that our supreme and competent front-runner is accurately well-meaning the name of Sheikh Hasina. The term 'Hasina' does have the source from the Arabic root Husn, which gives us the idea of most piousness, excellent value and fantastic sense. The birthday of such a capable, talented and efficient daughter of Bangabandhu and Bangamata is on September 28 in 1947.
The heinous murderers unpredictably killed Bangabandhu and all family members, and the killers could also kill Jononetree Sheikh Hasina with the rest of the family at the saddest and the blackest night in the month of August 15, 1975. Jononetree Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana had been in Belgium. Perhaps, God saved her that day to grab hold of the boat of the post-Bangabandhu Awami League. Perhaps, God chose her to be the benevolent future superstar in the political sky of Bangladesh. The Almighty Allah saved her life to serving the Bengali Nation.
The military junta's misrule has long thrashed Bangladesh after the assassination of the nation's Father in 1975. Bangladesh has lagged behind miles. The rise of political corruption eroded the fundamental rights of the general people in Bangladesh. Poverty rose to a tremendous height. Bangabandhu's dream has been choked and suffocated. But dreams cannot die. So, the objective of ‘Sonar Bangla’ lived along. Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina has carefully nurtured Bangabandhu's vision in the core of her heart. To materialise that dream, she ignored the bloody glare of the military regime and returned to her homeland and took the responsibility of the Awami League. She took the driving seat of the Awami League and created a vast mass movement, and dragged the dictator down from power. Following Bangabandhu's instructions, Sheikh Hasina also desired the actual liberty of the people of Bangladesh—from hunger, poverty, injustice and oppression. As a result, people gave the decisive mandate to her leadership in the elections of 1996. In response, Jononetree Sheikh Hasina has proven her capacities to develop a sickly land by the magical enhancement of growth.
On April 2, 2004, the BNP-Jamaat killer circle opened fire targeting Sheikh Hasina's car convoy at Gaurnadi, Barishal. Similarly, the BNP-Jamaat alliance unleashed the blackest attack on August 21, 2004 in front of the Awami League central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. The Dhaka Mahanagar Awami League held a rally in front of the party's central office that afternoon to protest the bombing by extremists over the land and the Gopalganj's police cruelty. Jononetree, as the Chief Guest, reached the scene at 5:00 p.m. and declared the beginning of the protest rally. Soon after the end of her twenty-minute speech on the stage of the truck van, she started getting down from the scene. Right that moment, a group of militant sponsored by the BNP-Jamaat administration began a grenade attack on the platform. In a minute and a half, 11 powerful grenades exploded. Twelve persons died on the spot, and twelve others expired in hospitals. More than four hundred people, including our Jononetree, were injured many of them have still been suffering.
Our only hope is the honourable Prime Minister. Coming to state power for four tenures, including the 1996 elections, the stability and equilibrium she has ensured in politics and public life through numerous programs and projects are unique in the world. Her comparison is nowhere and does not have any parallel. In the current socio-economic and political context of Bangladesh, there is no alternative of Sheikh Hasina as a leader of the state. We should understand from our individualistic positions that our sacred duty is to keep her well, healthy, and safe.
Happy Birthday, Deshratna, the leader of the mass people.
The writer is a Professor of English, and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh