DHAKA, MARCH 16 (BSS)- The 92nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed as the National Children Day in a befitting manner tomorrow.
This day in 1920, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman fondly called Khoka was born to Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun in a respectable Muslim family at the remotest Tungipara village in Gopalganj district. He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents.
At the age of 7, Sheikh Mujib was admitted to nearby Gimadanga Government Primary School and later he studied in Madaripur Islamia High School, Gopalganj Government Pilot School and Gopalganj Mission School.
While studying at the secondary level he was attacked by beriberi and had to undergo treatment in Calcutta. As a result, there was a gap of his studies for a few years. After passing the Matriculation examination in 1942, Sheikh Mujib was admitted to Islamia College in Calcutta and to residence in famous Baker Hostel.
He passed BA examination in 1946. During his college days, Sheikh Mujib was elected general secretary of Islamia College Students Union.
During his Baker Hostel days, when the quit India movement was getting momentum against the British domination, he came in touch with legendary politicians like Hussain Saheed Suhrawardy and Abul Hashim. That was also a turning point in his long political career to pursue politics of secularism and patriotism.
After the partition of the sub-continent, Sheikh Mujib came to the then East Pakistan and chose Dhaka as the centre of his field of politics and took admission in the Law Department of the Dhaka University.
He led all the national movements and played a dominant role in raising the demand for Bangla as the state language of Pakistan in front of its founder Mohammad Ali Zinnah who imposed Urdu as the state language of Pakistan at a function in Dhaka.
The Pakistani military rulers imprisoned Sheikh Mujib 18 times and he had to remain in jail for over a decade for leading various national movements since the historic language movement of 1952.
As the champion of the nation's long arduous freedom struggle, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib declared independence of Bangladesh soon after the Pakistani military junta started genocide on the sleeping Bangalees on the fateful night of March 25 in 1971. He was then imprisoned in a jail in Pakistan.
Bangabandhu returned to his liberated home from the captivity in Pakistan on January 10 and he ruled the country for three and a half years after the independence.
With his farsighted, capable and courageous leadership Bangabandhu, who presented the nation a sovereign and independent Bangladesh in the community of nations in 1971, was killed along with most of his family members in a military coup on August 15 in 1975.
Different political parties, socio-cultural-professional bodies and institutions have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of his birth anniversary.
The day is a public holiday. National dailies will publish special supplements While Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes to mark the day.
President Md Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued Separate messages on the occasion.
Awami League's programmes for the day include hoisting of the national and party flags at 6-30 am and placing of wreaths at Bangabandhu's portrait at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi at 7-30 am.
As part of the national programme, Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina along with party stalwarts and members of her cabinet will lay wreaths at the Mazar of the great leader at Tungipara at 10-30 am.
Besides, Awami League will organise a discussion meeting to mark the day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital at 3-30 pm on March 18. Awami League presidium member and Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP will chair the discussion meeting.
In a statement today, Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam urged all to observe the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu with due respect.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy organised a book fair for children on its premises in the city marking the day. State Minister for Women and Children affairs Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury inaugurated the fair on Thursday.