We pay our deepest tribute and gratitude to the great leader of our independence and architect of the independent Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 101st birth anniversary. Birth centenary of any great man carries special significance. The yearlong celebration of Mujib Borsho is a manifestation of our infinite love, respect and gratitude to him.
We also take great pride in the fact that Bangabandhu’s birth centenary is not only being observed in Bangladesh with great fervour and grandeur, but also the whole world including UN and UNESCO have taken various initiatives to observe the auspicious occasion by recognising Bangabandhu as a symbol of peace, freedom, courage, sacrifice and struggle against injustice and oppression.The government to its credit chalked out a 10-day special programme to mark the occasion which will culminate in the celebration of the country’s 50th independence anniversary. It is in fact a great honour for Bangladesh that five heads of state and government are set to arrive for the celebrations – Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Besides, Dhaka is set to host a number of high-ranking foreign dignitaries, and many other heads of government are expected to deliver video messages on this great occasion. Among other global initiatives, we are pleased to know that Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up to honour Bangabandhu. Needless to mention, the occasion has turned out to be a very proud and joyous moment for the whole country.
However, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation is not merely an occasion for celebration with pomp and gaiety. The 10-day programme where foreign dignitaries will throng will see the signing of a flurry of bilateral agreements. Earlier, the government also did well to mark the occasion in a way that benefits the people. For example, distribution of homes to nearly one lakh homeless people, plan to construct homes for the Freedom Fighters and raising of their monthly allowance, special treatment facilities at subsidized cost in hospitals are some of the initiatives taken to celebrate the Mujib year.
Thus the celebration of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary has not only made our collective life more joyous, but also turned out to be immensely beneficial and enlightening for the nation as a whole. Long live the ideals of Bangabandhu! Long live the spirit of the Liberation War!