Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had always been committed to an exploitation-free society and tried to ensure economic empowerment of people in line with that commitment, contemporary economic analysts and politicians said on Wednesday.
“Bangabandhu had a vision of a just society which was reflected in his Six-point Movement. As a policymaker, he was actually a man of words. It was a rare quality for any leader,” Prof Rehman Sobhan said.
The noted economist who was involved in formulating the six-point demand made the observation in an event organised by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) to commemorate Bangabandhu.
Prof Rehman Sobhan said while most of the people knew about socialist system reading books, Bangabandhu wanted to implement it in his own style based on his life experience.
The nationalisation of some gas and oil fields from foreign companies was a groundbreaking event for the country, which was a giant leap towards protecting national resources, said former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Mohammed Farashuddin.
Alongside short-term measures to revive the war-torn economy, the great leader chalked out some mid and long-term plans to establish a society free of disparity and ensure food sufficiency, former Finance Minister M Syeduzzaman recalled.
“In reply to a query of a foreign journalist after the independence, Bangabandhu said he had two joint number one priority -- one was food production and the other was population control,” he noted.
Bangabandhu also tried to review administrative status apart from nationalising industries in line with his goal, M Syeduzzaman also stated.
Noted leftist politician Mujahidul Islam Selim alleged that the current practice of too much uttering of Bangabandhu’s name is actually leading to his policy targeted for socialism being consigned to oblivion. “On one hand, he was the creation of history, on the other, he was the creator of history,” he commented.
Another close aide of Bangabandhu Dr Kamal Hossain observed that Bangabandhu rightly identified disparity as the country’s main problem.
Calling for finding out why his dream of Sonar Bangla has not been fulfilled even after 50 years of independence, he underscored the need for greater unity in the country irrespective of political division to reach a consensus on the issue.
Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed recalled that Bangabandhu had a very kind heart and he even extended all types of support to people who were against his political stance.
Speaking on the occasion, Planning Minister MA Mannan admitted that disparity is increasing although huge development activities are taking place in the country.
He said following her father’s footsteps and according to her electoral pledges, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also trying to bring smile to common people’s faces as they actually fought the Liberation War.