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Sheikh Hasina's Homecoming Day: An Essential Turning Point for Bangladesh

  • Prof Dr M Shahinoor Rahman
  • 17th May, 2023 01:33:29 AM
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Sheikh Hasina's Homecoming Day: An Essential Turning Point for Bangladesh

On May 17, 1981, Prime Minister Jononetree Sheikh Hasina made her long-planned homecoming to Bangladesh after an inadvertent exile abroad since the gloomy August of 1975. Every year on May 17, "Hasina's homecoming day" is generally honoured by all Bangladesh Awami League leaders, supporters and common people. The day has become prominent in Bangladesh's history due to numerous incidents. The information below will help us understand the setting and significance of "Hasina's homecoming day." The Juba League leader Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni and the residents of Bangabandhu's brother-in-law, cabinet member Serniabat, were attacked by anti-liberation terrorists on the tragic August 15, 1975. By the mercy of the Almighty Allah, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, the two daughters and inheritors of Bangabandhu and Bangamata's sacred blood, were among those who survived the assassinations. Most people know these events because they are now a part of our nation's history. Such horrific events plunged our Choto Apa Sheikh Rehana and Jononetree Sheikh Hasina into a chaotic, dark world of suffering. On the other hand, the issue of their safety grew more urgent because killers were on the prowl for Bangabandhu's blood heirs. The account of how they escaped and protected themselves for six years after the August slaughter before returning to the nation on May 17, 1981, could not be described in even the most incredible fiction.

The assassins of Bangabandhu and his family were carried out by certain Pakistani followers, notably Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmed, Taheruddin Thakur, and Ziaur Rahman, even though uniformed military officers could be seen on TV shortly after the murders. mobile-details-after-main-image The late Bangladeshi ambassador to West Germany, Humayun Rashid Chowdhury, supported Bangabandhu's daughters through a trying time in our nation's history. The non-aligned leaders of the moment, Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia and Indira Gandhi of India provided political sanctuary to Bangabandhu's daughters. They were shocked and devastated by Bangabandhu's death because they were his close friends and supporters. To express their gratitude to the two leaders for the invitation, the daughters of the Father of the Nation travelled to New Delhi, India. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were assassinated by Pakistan's ghosts, causing the nation unmatched international shame.

The Pakistani allies were compelled to leave Bangabandhu's independent Bangladesh because the Bengali people would not accept the liars. Bengali nationalist and non-communal organizations were not prepared to be put down by forces opposed to independence. Sheikh Hasina returned to Bangladesh on May 17, 1981, six years after leaving the country, to lead her Father's political organization, Bangladesh Awami League, despite all roadblocks put in her path by the previous administration. She took an Indian Airlines flight to Dhaka via Kolkata, arriving at Kurmitola Airport at 4:30 p.m. On February 14–16, 1981, the Awami League had its national council meeting, during which Sheikh Hasina was elected party president in her absence. "I have returned to my homeland not to become the leader of the Awami League," Jononetree Sheikh Hasina remarked about her departure. "I have returned to join in the liberation battle by sticking with the people." The president of the AL announced this as over 1.5 million people gathered at the airport, giving him a fervent standing ovation. Because of this, Bangladesh has made incredible progress under the great leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Jononetree Sheikh Hasina, the noble daughter of Bangabandhu.

The constant drive of Sheikh Hasina to create the golden Bengal that Bangabandhu envisioned is still in operation. The homecoming of Sheikh Hasina is a turning point for the democratic and secular outlook of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's supporters. The most significant legacy left by Bangabandhu is Sheikh Hasina. She likely inherited Bangabandhu's blood and leadership skills, which are not special or miraculous. Her leadership has ushered in brilliant prospects by piercing the long-lasting gloom that enveloped Bangladesh's fortune. The Prime Minister and President of the Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, appears to be the nation's dependable saviour in a catastrophic turn of events. She has persevered through many horrible tragedies to inspire hope in her people. She's been a tenacious foe in every catastrophe. She is now unrivalled as a leader in the nation after ensuring the safety of hundreds of millions of people during trying times. Of course, rating agencies have anticipated it, and such analysis has been conducted for a very long period in the international media. Nobody can assert that the democratic political strategy of Bangladesh has always had a clear course. After Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated on August 15, 1975, the military rulers tended to emulate the Pakistani government to run Bangladesh, which had gained its independence at a high price—the lives of millions—of people. Ziaur Rahman, who had unlawfully seized control of the government after Bangabandhu's passing, intended to establish a Pakistani-style government in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina, the eldest child of Bangabandhu, was chosen by a national council to lead the Bangladesh Awami League in the early 1980s. Sheikh Hasina returned to Bangladesh after taking over the party's leadership, against the military regime's objections. She should lead the nation during a crisis; it only makes sense. A brilliant spark by the name of Sheikh Hasina endured in the face of terrible grenade attacks. She has committed her entire life to aiding the working people of Bangladesh. Her political stance is entirely focused on promoting the needs of the populace. She is constantly committed to creating the Sonar Bangla in Bangabandhu's likeness, representing the liberal, democratic, and secular Bangladesh that the liberation war created. The political slogan of Sheikh Hasina is "improve the standard of people's lives." Here are a few instances of her dynamism and commitment as a top leader. The prime minister of our nation, Sheikh Hasina, took over as the coronavirus pandemic spread over the globe. Bangladesh is a leader in the world of disaster management. Except for those under the health ministry, none of the government's offices, schools, or educational institutions were operational. The expansion of thorough corona detection tests, the creation of specialized corona hospitals and isolation centres, the deployment of armed forces alongside the civil administration to monitor compliance with hygiene and social distancing regulations, and the strengthening of relief programs to ensure food assistance to the poor and day labourers were also implemented by her. Despite having a crew, she handled every aspect of the job individually. I am talking about the commander-in-chief's loneliness since she is crucial in every battle. The prime minister proposed a Tk 72,000 crore incentive for manufacturing. The amount was later raised to about Tk1,000 crore. This kind of support has been applied in several circumstances. When others were free to go for their personal areas, she kept her office open.

Sheikh Hasina, who had dubbed herself a Pilot who could not sleep, was the one who promoted the corona-fighting rampage. She frequently held video conferences with government representatives and gave them precise directions, which eased citizens all around the nation. Similar discussions between Jononetree Sheikh Hasina and Asian leaders took place intending to bring down Covid-19 and defend South Asians. On the other side, Bangladeshis are fortunate to have a visionary, vivacious, and sincere leader in Sheikh Hasina. Without first witnessing her exceptional leadership, no one would have any reason to think Sheikh Hasina could govern a developing or third-world nation. According to the Forbes article, the 161 million-person nation of Bangladesh, which is led by Sheikh Hasina, has seen multiple crises. She responded to this one immediately with an "admirable" response. The longest-serving Prime Minister in the nation, Sheikh Hasina, allegedly made the necessary arrangements for the early February 2020 repatriation of trapped Bangladeshis. She closed down educational institutions when the first coronavirus infection was identified in early March and mandated that non-emergency business transactions be made online. She subsequently set up corona detectors at international airports to see if anyone was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. A total of 650,000 people were examined, with 37,000 being immediately quarantined. The quoted paper said many strong nations had yet to implement these programs. Only the undisputed leader Bangabandhu, the Father of the Nation during the liberation war, and the Mujibnagar government he headed can be compared in terms of how she and her administration responded to the coronavirus.

Sheikh Hasina’s courageous battle against the Covid epidemic, in which she has realized that fear does not fit her, is a tribute to all Bangladeshi men and women. The Prime Minister took action simultaneously to prevent the corona epidemic from halting the rate at which she had expanded the economy and enhanced people's lives. Sheikh Hasina has completed the electrification of all lands in the nation. She completed building the Padma Bridge despite the World Bank withholding funding. Bangladesh's economy, social structure, culture, tradition, and digital infrastructure have all improved under Sheikh Hasina to a new level. She has demonstrated Bangladesh's capacity for economic growth to the rest of the world. More than sincerity and honesty are the foundations of Sheikh Hasina's influence. She thinks that we Bengalis can succeed in our goals. Sheikh Hasina repeatedly cites that "no powerful nation can make us kneel and give in because we won through a liberation war." Sheikh Hasina's magic operates in this manner. Her return home greatly contributed to Bangladesh's highest level of growth. Her guiding principle propelled her to international renown in the twenty-first century. I and hundreds of millions of others think Sheikh Hasina can continue winning internationally. Be at peace with her always. Let's pray for Jononetree Sheikh Hasina's long life and good health.

(The author is a Columnist, Academic, Folklorist, Researcher, Professor of English, and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the Islamic University of Kushtia.)