The debate over who make history – the masses of the people or kings, generals and leaders – is as old as history itself. Different schools of thoughts have placed various arguments in favour of their respective positions but the controversy still persists.
However, it is an undeniable fact that without the hard labour of the toiling masses no civilisation, no human progress would have been possible. But it is also true that people need leaders or a core of leadership to guide them and show them the path to desired objectives. Bangabandhu’s farsighted leadership led us to liberation and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s prudent guidance showed us the path to tremendous socio-economic success.The brutal assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought the country’s journey to progress and prosperity to a grinding halt. A number of politicians and generals usurped state power after his sad demise but none had the intention or the capacity to put the country on the right track. A state of stagnancy in the socio-economic arena prevailed over many years.
At this critical juncture of our history, as Sheikh Hasina – the worthy daughter of a great father – took up the task of fulfilling Bangabandhu’s dreams and showing the nation the path, the dark cloud of hopelessness began to evaporate fast, letting the sun burn once again brightly. Thanks to people’s unwavering confidence on her leadership, the country began to gain tremendous successes like establishing political stability, robust uninterrupted GDP growth, increased per capita income and consequential poverty reduction as well as unprecedented achievements in human indices. All these together have put the country on a strong footing when it, all at a time, can take up a good number of mega development projects including the Padma Bridge and the Metro Rail. It is due to Hasina’s strong and determined leadership that Bangladesh qualified for transition to a developing country status from the LDC one.
During the long process of leading the nation, Sheikh Hasina – initially an inexperienced and ordinary politician – has gained versatility in her leadership quality and matured into a statesman, with none from her contemporaries to match her. But that is not all; her leadership by now has assumed a transcending nature, making her capable of thinking globally while deeply engaged in changing the lot of her own people. Herein is the significance of Hasina’s homecoming to set herself at the helms of her party Awami League and the country.
We wish her a long life full of health and happiness.