Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib was the source of inspiration and confidence to Bangabandhu and it had been possible for him to play the brave role for the nation throughout his entire life because of Bangamata’s unparallel support, said academics.
“Without Bangamata, Bangabandhu is incomplete. Bangabandhu is complete having Bangamata beside him,” National Professor Rafiqul Islam told BSS on the eve of the 91st birth anniversary of Bangamata, reports BSS.
“Bangamata played a historic role in the life of Bangabandhu. After Bangabandhu, Bangamata had the greatest contributions to Awami League and Bangladesh’s struggle for independence. But she played the role silently from behind the scene as she didn’t like any publicity,” he said.
Talking to BSS, Dhaka University former Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique said Bangamata had always played the role of an important catalyst in every sphere of Bangabandhu’s outstanding life and works.
“Bangabandhu and Bangamata were complementary to each other as they fulfilled each other in their entire life. Their conjugal relation was as like as divine elegance. We can say that they were born for each other,” he added.
He said since their childhood both Bangabandhu and Bangamata were brought up in same environment as Bangamata was also nurtured by Bangabandhu’s parents as she lost her parents in childhood.
So, the matching of mindset that developed in them from their childhood had remained intact until their deaths, he said. “On the dark night of August 15, Bangamata was killed just after the assassination of Bangabandhu. So, they lived together and we can say they were born for each other and embraced martyrdom together. It seems like Begum Mujib went for Sohormoron (wife’s sacrifice of life after her husband’s death) with Bangabandhu,” he said.
He said Bangabandhu used to smoke and he in his own reminiscence mentioned: ‘I have only a habit of smoking and that is why I have to spend some money unnecessarily’.
Bangamata even saved money for providing the additional amount for smoking purposes to Bangabandhu, he mentioned.
Prof Arefin, also chairman of the board of directors of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), said Bangamata had played a very significant role in penning drafts of three books by Bangabandhu which would always remain as precious asset in the history of Bangladesh.
“We talked about Bangabandhu at different times. His speeches and statements have been preserved in different ways. But expressing his own memories in his own words is a rare one and it had been possible because of Bangamata,” he said.
Prof Rafiqul Islam, also president of Bangla Academy, said Bangamata had a very large contribution to every democratic movements of this soil, including the 1966 six-point movement, struggles against Agartala Conspiracy case, mass-upsurge and the great Liberation War as she always gave very significant suggestions to Bangabandhu.
Citing an example of Bangamata’s farsightedness, Prof Islam, also a noted academician and researcher, said when Bangabandhu and 34 others were arrested in Agartala conspiracy case, some Awami League leaders suggested taking Bangabandhu’s release on parole but Bangamata rejected the proposal.
“Bangamata rejected the proposal as she didn’t want to destroy Bangabandhu’s enormous sacrifices for the nation by releasing him on parole. As Bangabandhu was not released on parole, the Pakistani rulers were forced to release him unconditionally,” he mentioned.