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Tajuddin’s 97th birth anniv today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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The 97th birth anniversary of national leader Tajuddin Ahmad, one of the most influential figures in the history of Bangladesh, will be observed across the country today.

Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of independent Bangladesh, was born on July 23, 1925 in Dardaria village under Kapasia upazila of Gazipur district.

Starting from his younger years, he actively stepped into the leadership role in all the national movements, including the historic Language Movement in 1952, six-point movement and the Liberation War in 1971.

During the difficult initial phase of the Liberation War, Tajuddin formed the first Government of Bangladesh along with his fellow politicians.

Being the prime minister, he was instrumental in organising a guerrilla uprising of Bengali civilians and armed forces as well. His successful leadership led to the emergence of independent Bangladesh in just nine months in absence of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

After the war, when Bangabandhu returned to Bangladesh, Tajuddin stepped down from the post of PM and took charge of the ministries of finance and planning.

He has also given the first written budget as well as the first five-year plan but resigned from the cabinet on October 26, 1974 due to some difference of opinion with Bangabandhu.

After the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on August 15, 1975, Tajuddin was placed under house arrest.

Later, he was imprisoned in Dhaka Central Jail along with three other influential national leaders - Syed Nazrul Islam, AHM Qamaruzzaman and M Mansur Ali.

On November 3 of the same year, all four imprisoned leaders including Tajuddin were brutally assassinated at midnight by a group of army officers.

Liberation War Museum and Gazipur District Awami League and its associate bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of birth anniversary of the great leader.