The Enduring Legacy of
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – to his people, the endeared Bangabandhu, the friend of Bengal, to the world, the founding father of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Larger than life, iconic, charismatic, a people’s man.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Bangabandhu, Father of the nation, the poet of politics.
Bangladesh’s war of liberation ended on 16 December 1971 – a war fought bravely in his name by a people destined for an independent statehood. Freedom fighter from across Bangladesh went to war signing a homily to mother Bengal – ‘Amar Shonar Bangla, Ami tomae bhalobashi’ (Oh my Bengal of gold, I love thee). Bangabandhu was incarcerated in a Pakistani jail, sent off from the outside world without any access to outside information. The end of the war and international public opinion forced the release of Bangabandhu. As the undisputed leader of people he led to freedom, Bangabandhu is in the ranks of Gandhi, Washington, Garibaldi, Ataturk and Ho Chi Minh. He, however, stands out beyond all of them in one particular aspect. Every one led his nation in the decolonization process. Bangabandhu created a state from a post – colonial entity Pakistan. Bangladesh is the first, indeed a textbook case, where a post – colonial state gone why to a post post colonial entity – a new state. Earlier attempts with Biafra in Nigeria had failed and Singapore’s emergence.
as an independent state from Malaysia is a different case altogether. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the first ever liberator of a state emerging from a decolonized state. The BBC conducted a survey to determine who the greatest Bengali of all time 2004. The Results? Coming first in the list of 20 great top notches, is none other than Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Placing him ahead of Robindranath Tagore. This is a tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Bangabandhu, father of the Nation, the poet of politics.