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PM goes down memory lane on Joy’s birth

PM goes down memory lane on Joy’s birth
  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday reminisced about her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s birth amid the adverse situation during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Expressing her grief for her failure to meet her son on his birthday amid the corona surge, she said the day (July 27) was a special day for her as her only son Joy was born this day in 1971 in Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

“Those days (during the pregnancy) coincide with the War of Liberation. No one had hoisted the flag of Pakistan on March 23, 1971. But the flag of Bangladesh had been hoisted across the country despite presence of then president Yahya Khan. All the people denied Yahya. Even my father (Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) hoisted the flag of Bangladesh in our Dhanmondi 32 house,” she said while addressing a programme marking National Public Service Day.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveils the cover of a book titled 'Sajeeb Wazed Joy: A Spirited Graceful Journey’ at Ganabhaban in the capital on Tuesday on the occasion of the 50th birth anniversary of her ICT Affairs Adviser and son Sajeeb Wazed Joy. (Bottom): A special commemorative postage stamp has been published, marking the 50th birth anniversary of Sajeeb Wazed Joy.    – PID PHOTO


Recalling the pregnancy period, Sheikh Hasina said she used to cut nails of her father and mother regularly.

“My father was resting at noon after hoisting the flag that day (March 23) too. When I was taking a mug of water and started cutting his nail, he was telling me, cut it well, I don't know whether you will get this opportunity again or not. But you will have a son. And that boy will be born in the independent Bangladesh. Name the boy Joy,” she said.

Recalling the day of Mass Killing, the Premier said the Pakistani Army resorted mass killing on the night of March 25 in 1971.

“They had arrested my father from the house but he (Bangabandhu) proclaimed independence of the country in the early hours of March 26,” she said.

“Just before the attack, I, my sister Rehana and a cousin have been asked to leave the house immediately. My father sent us forcibly. Prior to the attack my brother Sheikh Kamal left the house to put barricade but Jamal and Russell stayed with my mother. Later, the army attacked our house and arrested my father,” she said.

Mentioning that Pakistani Army had arrested Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa along with all the members just after few days of arresting Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said they confined us in an abandoned house at Road 18.

“They allowed me to hospital for my childbirth but they did not allow my mother to accompany me. Joy was born in Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” she said.