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A Chronicle of Liberation War and Development

Asaduzzaman Khan’s Bangabandhur Pathnirdeshonar Bangladesh

  • Md. Manzurul Islam Sumon
  • 4 May, 2023 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh is one of the world’s wonders in the contemporary international economic discourse. Once, a bottomless basket becomes a booming economy. World Economic League Table 2021 foresees Bangladesh as the 25th strongest economy. Behind this unprecedented development journey, there was sustainable development in the country’s security affairs, particularly the transformation of the colonial Police to Bangabandhu’s People’s Police. Bangabandhur Pathnirdeshonar Bangladesh is a masterpiece consisting of the story of this transformation as well as the authentic narratives of our Liberation War.

The author as well as the Minister of Home Affairs of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal is a Freedom Fighter and sanguine and brilliant narrator of our Liberation War and development chronicles. This is not his first book, before this publication, he edited several books, including Neta Moder Sheikh Mujib. The writer Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal’s life and work have been authentically depicted in the Additional IG Habibur Rahman’s Nandito Swarastra Montri Bir Muktijodddha Asaduzzaman Khan (A Life of sketch of Hon’ble Minister Mr. Asaduzzman Khan). The solemn self with amicable attire, people-friendly pro-active approach, mild voice and media-savvy non-violent activity of the Home Minister of Bangladesh has been acclaimed locally, nationally and globally. The reader will have the renewed chance to refresh their memory with this newest kind of identity of Asaduzzaman khan kamal.

Bangabandhur Pathnirdeshonar Bangladesh starts with Bangabandhu’s Prison life, then consists of different chapters (humanitarian leader Sheikh Hasina, personal experience of listening Bangabandhu’s historical 7 March Speech, First barricade in Farmgate by the Minister on 25 March 1971 night, the role of Sheikh Hasina in mitigating terrorism and militancy, Home Ministry in the Eye of the writer, Bangladesh police and People’s expectations, Bangladesh-India bilateral Home Minister Level Meetings to mitigate communalism and future perspective and vision) and ends with the chapter ‘my leader Sheikh Mujib’.

This is a very insightful book on Bangabandhu’s political prison life. The author candidly writes about his unfathomed affiliation with the Father of the Nation. The Father of the Nation spent most of the time of his life in prison. In this political sojourn of Bangabandhu, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib’s role is historical. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become a unique figure in the world in terms of humanitarianism, bravery, resilience and development. Due to her sanguine statesmanship and political pragmatism Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become ‘Daughter of the East’. Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal argues all these historical development with so much empirical evidence and many crystal clear facts.

Apart from this, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal reminiscences his personal battle in this book. The very first Farmgate Barricade on the blackout night on 25th March 1971 against the barbarian Pakistani occupational force embraces our heroic hearts even in this 21st century. The flashback of Farmgate Barricade is so candid, so scrutinised and so detailed that it will definitely conjure up any reader’s mind. As a frontline fighter, the role of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan is definitely historical and a matter of great bravery. Undoubtedly the writer is a brave heart. As a reviewer, I think this historical event must be more focused and somehow should be locally and nationally remembered for Generation X.

This book is also about the contemporary reforms in the security sector, the paradigm shift in the police force, the policy analysis on curbing terrorism and the enhancement of security perspectives at home and abroad. Recollecting the globally-appreciated speech on UN Sustainable Development and Peace, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal decisively utters the biblical statement that “for sustainable development, we need sustainable peace and for sustainable peace, we must need sustainable security”. Taking this statement as a promise, he extends the Home Ministry in multi-dimensional ways. Introducing Sajeed Wajed Joy’s brainchild 999-National Emergency Service, the raising of specialised Police Units, fast-track development and modernisation of BGB, Coast Guard, and Bangladesh Ansar are some of the success stories depicted in plain language in the book.

Bangabandhur Pathnirdeshonar Bangladesh is undoubtedly a simple but brilliant chronicle of history and development. To me, it is definitely a must-read book for security sector analysts, researchers and criminology and human security students. Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chooses to publish the book from Mowla Brothers. This handy sophisticated book retails at a readers’ friendly price, only BDT 270. In this 21st century global uncertain time, reading Bangabandhur Pathnirdeshonar Bangladesh is much worthy as Bangladesh shows the way to sustainable security in South Asia and beyond.


The reviewer is a practicing Lawyer in the Supreme Court