The High Commission for Bangladesh in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam observed the historic Mujibnagar Day with due solemnity and respect.
In the morning the High Commission organised a programme with the expatriate Bangladeshi Communities in attendance and started with recitation from the Holy Quran, laying of the floral wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and reading out messages from the President and the Prime Minister on the significance of this very important day in the national history of Bangladesh.
She paid rich tribute and homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali, and AHM Kamaruzzaman, and the martyrs of the glorious liberation war.
In the evening, the ,Mission organised another programme with the diplomatic corps, ministries, and reputed Bruneians at Brunei’s oldest hotel, Brunei Hotel. The event was attended by the Attorney General of Brunei Yang Berhormat Ahmad Isa, Member of the Legislative Council of Brunei YB Khairunnissa, Ambassadors/High Commissioners of India, Cambodia, France, United Kingdom, Turkey, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Iran, Vietnam, Malaysia, CDA of Russian Federation, Bruneian NGO leader, University Professors, senior officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister Office among others.
A documentary on Mujibnagar Day was shown, reflecting on the historical significance of the ceremonial formation of the provisional government of Bangladesh in the tiny mango grove-covered village in Baidyanathtala, now under Meherpur district.
Eulogizing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation, as the greatest Bengali of all time, the High Commissioner in her speech highlighted the unique leadership of Bangabandhu to prepare the country for the war to achieve independence.
She told with pride that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman united the Bangalees and with his powerful leadership, made the nation so confident and committed that equipped only with the strength of belief and conviction, it faced the Pakistan military forces, heavily guarded, brutal and way more powerful.
She added that in the 51st year of Bangladesh, the country moved from a least developed country to a developing country.
Bangladesh is now a role model in women's empowerment, having also made commendable progress in the areas of health, education, power, and information technology. Bangladesh battled the COVID-19 pandemic and made a strong economic recovery.
She stated that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the worthy and prudent daughter of Bangabandhu had been working tirelessly to elevate Bangladesh to an upper-middle-income country by 2031 and certainly she would lead Bangladesh courageously to the level of a developed country by 2041.
Before Iftar, prayers were offered for the eternal peace of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman and his family, the national leaders, and the martyrs and continued progressive journey of Bangladesh.