DHAKA, March 16 (BSS) - President Zillur Rahman paid rich tributes to the glorious memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and said Bangladesh would not come into being if this great leader was not born.
"Bangladesh and Bangabandhu is thus synonymous for his immense contributions. Therefore, the name of Bangabandhu would be ever imprinted in letters of gold in our history," he said in a message on the eve of 92nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The President said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest son of all time, was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj district on March 17, 1920.
"He always nourished Bangla, Bangalee and Bangladesh in his thinking. This undisputed leader raised his voice for achieving the rights of the Bangalee from his early age," he added.
Bangabandhu led the nation in every movement towards attaining democracy and autonomy including Language Movement in 1952, Jukta-Front Election in 1954, movement against Martial Law in 1958, Six-Point Movement in 1966 and Mass Upsurge in 1969, the President added.
He said during the Pakistani regime, he was sent to jail several times and he bore inhuman sufferings for the cause of his active participation and his firm stance in favour of independence of our people.
Yet he did not compromise with the Pakistani rulers. Finally, this great leader of the Bangalee declared the country's independence on March 26, 1971, he said
The President said responding to his clarion call, the countrymen from all strata participated in the War of Liberation in 1971 and achieved ultimate victory on December 16, 1971 through nine-month long armed struggle.
He conveyed his heartfelt felicitations to the children of Bangladesh, as this day is also being observed as the National Children Day.
"It is our foremost duty to build our young generation with the noble spirit of patriotism so that they can lead the nation towards prosperity and materialise the cherished dream dreamt by Bangabandhu for building the country as 'Sonar Bangla' (Golden Bengal)," he said.
"Let us put our sincere endeavour to flourish the noble qualities and intrinsic values of our children from their very childhood so that they can love our country and people. Let us inspire the young generation with the deep sense of patriotism, cherished by Bangabandhu throughout his life," the President added.
He said, "Bangladesh is one of the signatories to the UN Child Rights Convention and our Government is pledged to protect and preserve the rights of children. I welcome the initiative to observe the 'National Children Day' on the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu."
"I urge upon all irrespective of party affiliation to work unitedly for building up a happy and prosperous nation as well as the bright future for our children," the President added.
The President prayed for peace of the departed soul of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.