Father of the Nation
People's Republic of Bangladesh
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Rahman became the symbol of the dreams and aspiration of the Bengalis through his lifelong struggle, uncompromising leadership and unlimited sacrifice. Under valiant leadership, Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 through a great war of liberation. He is the founder of the first nation-state in South Asia, His imperishable name has been anointed in the same entity with Bangladesh today. He delivered the song of breaking the shackles of exploitation and the great spirit of liberation, not only to the Bengalis, but also to all the oppressed and deprived people of the world, in the eyes of some he is Himalayas, in the eyes of others he is narrated as a ‘Poet of Politics’. In fact, over the course of history, in the verses of the triumphs of the liberation of the great mankind his name shines brightly today.
Bangabandhu was endowed with extraordinary eloquence and thunderous voice. The UNESCO has included his historic speech on March 7, 1971 in the "Memory of the World Register" as World’s documentary heritage, in which he gave his decisive call to the nation for the independence.
Journalist Cyril Dunn once said of him, “In the thousand years of history of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujib is the only leader who has, in terms of blood, race, language, culture and birth, been a full blooded Bengali. His physical stature was towering. His voice was redolent of thunder. His charisma worked magic on people. The courage and charm that flowed from him made him a unique superman in these times.”
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (17 March 1920 - 15 August 1975) "The Greatest Bangali of all time", was the most popular Bangladeshi politician and statesman. He served as the first President of Bangladesh and later as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh until his assassination on 15 August 1975.
His daughter Sheikh Hasina is the current leader of the Awami League and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.