Paying tributes to Father of the Nation for his immense contributions to and supreme sacrifice for the Bengali nation’s emancipation, Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem on Saturday said Bangabandhu’s dream for Sonar Bangla should be every Bangali’s dream.
She was addressing a discussion in observance of the National Mourning Day 2015 and 40th Anniversary of martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok, according to a message received here on Saturday, reports UNB.
The Ambassador briefly highlighted Bangladesh’s various growth and development achievements under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government inspired by Bangabandhu’s development aspirations and policy guidelines in securing many international awards.
She also briefed the meeting of Bangabandhu’s diplomatic achievements between 1972-75 towards Bangladesh’s international recognition and specially securing membership in the UN.
The Ambassador also mentioned that the Embassy always endeavoured to engage the expatriate community, especially the children and youth, in observance of important National Days to create greater awareness among the young generation about the country’s history and instill a sense of patriotism for the motherland.
The day started with flying of the National Flag at half-mast by the Bangladesh Ambassador.
A milad mahfil followed by a special prayer was held seeking the salvation and peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and other members of his family who were assassinated on the black night of August 15, 1975.
Expatriate Bangladeshis living in Thailand, including Bangladeshi professionals working at UNESCAP and different universities, leading businessmen were among the attendees.
This was followed by a video screening on the life and works of Bangabandhu.
At the very beginning of the discussion session, a minute of silence was observed to pay respect to the martyrs of the August 15 night.
Leading members of the Bangladesh community, including Pijush K. Saha, former senior official of FAO, Niamat Ali Talukder Badal, businessman, Raihand Sharif Jewel, President of AIT Bangladesh Association and Reeva Mandal, student of Mahidol University and Embassy officials spoke on the occasion, condemning the heinous killings on August 15 and terming it the most shameful event of Bangladesh’s history.