The Embassy of Bangladesh in Ankara observed the National Mourning Day and the 42th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August 2017 with utmost respect and due solemnity. The day started with hoisting of the National Flag at half-mast at the Embassy premises by Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki. Then, the Ambassador placed floral wreath at the bust of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Chancery plot in Ankara in presence of Embassy officials and expatriates.
The morning session was concluded with the distribution of food boxes among 100 families of Syrian refugees in coordination with the Turkish Red Crescent in presence of Ambassador of Bangladesh and the President of the Turkish Red Crescent, Ankara branch Mr. Mr. AHMET HİZANLIOĞLU. The food donation programme was highlighted at the social media network of the Turkish Red Crescent.
The Programme of the day included a discussion session held in the afternoon. At the beginning of the session, one-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the Father of the Nation and other personalities who embraced martyrdom on the fateful night of 15 August 1975. The messages delivered by the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on this occasion were readout. This was followed by a video screening on the life and achievements of Bangabandhu.
The Ambassador in his speech paid tribute to the Father of the Nation for his immense contribution and supreme sacrifice of Bangabandhu for the emancipation of the Bangali nation. He underscored Bangabandhu’s contribution in formation and fulfillment of Bangali nationhood. He emphasised that the values, ideals and vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; and the history of his long arduous political struggle for an independent Bangladesh need to be properly passed on to the present generation so that they prepare themselves to realise his vision of Sonar Bangla (the Golden Bengal). Among others, Prof. Dr. Süha Bölükbaşı of International Relations Department of Middle Eastern Technical University (METU), and Prof. Dr. Gürol Baba of International Relations Department of Ankara University spoke on the occasion condemning the heinous killing on 15 August as the most shameful event of history. They termed Bangabandhu as a towering personality who dedicated his life for fulfillment of a nation’s dream for a dignified and prosperous Bangladesh. Bangabandhu’s commitment to achieving a just and peaceful world order was also highlighted by them.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had always been vocal about the rights and privileges of the downtrodden segments of the society since his young age. His unequivocal commitment to securing justice, coupled with charismatic leadership and deep love for his people gradually brought him to limelight and Bangali Nation found in him the leader they wanted to lead them against exploitation and usher in emancipation as an independent country. Their demand for right of language, education, equality in social and political arena got manifested through Bangabandhu in phases between 1948 & 1970 culminating into the War of Independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
The discussion session was concluded with a special prayer offered for the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and members of his family who embraced martyrdom on the black night of 15 August 1975.
By BANGLADESH EMBASSY IN ANKARA