News Center –TDO- The whole of Bangladesh began to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the ancestor of his nation, the architect of sovereign and independent Bangladesh. The year-long celebration of his 100th birthday began today (March 17, 2020) in Dhaka, the capital, with a programme worthy of him. March 17 March 2020 and March 26, 2021, the government of Bangladesh declared the ‘Year of Müjib’.
The 'year of Mujib' is celebrated all over the world at the initiative of UNESCO. All diplomatic missions of Bangladesh around the world celebrate this special day with great enthusiasm and pride.
Born on 17 March 1920, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led all the major movements of the people of Bangladesh, including the great Liberation War, which led to the birth of Bangladesh to the world map in 1971. He is remembered with the utmost respect, appreciation and gratitude by the people of Bangladesh. He was given the title "Bangabandhu (friend of Bengal)" by the people of Bangladesh. Bangabandhu's leadership, as it conveys and reflects the thoughts of the international community, was named "Poet of the poets" by the world-famous "Newsweek" magazine on April 5, 1971.
During the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, the element that united all people in pursuit of freedom was Bangabandhu's charismatic personality and courageous leadership. On March 7, 1971, he delivered a historic speech that ignited the desire for independence that lay dormant in the hearts of millions of people. The speech, with its content, spirit and uniqueness, was recognized by UNESCO as a "World Documentary Heritage" and was included in the "World Memory Program" on October 30, 2017.
The basic principle of Bangladesh's foreign policy adopted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman remains "friendship with everyone, no evil to anyone." Bangabandhu found a respectable place on an international stage for Bangladesh by securing his fledgling country's membership in the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 1973, he was awarded the prestigious Joliot Curie Peace Prize for his outstanding contribution to World Peace.
Parallel to the national and global celebrations, the Consulate General of Bangladesh began its year-long celebrations in Istanbul today (March 17, 2020) by raising its national flag and placing a wreath of flowers on the Bangabandhu portrait at its consulates. In an interactive discussion, the Consul General, Dr. Muhammad Monirul Islam emphasized the unique commitments and contributions of Bangabandhu in the evolution of independent Bangladesh in 1971. He stated that Bangabandhu was not only Bangladesh's leader, but emerged as a voice of hope for the oppressed, discriminated against and exploited people around the world. Giving a rich tribute to Bangabandhu, the Consul General also outlined academic discussions, seminars, photo exhibitions, Land shows and cultural events planned for the year-long celebrations in Istanbul. In Istanbul, a celebration of the life and works of this great leader of glorious Bangabandhu just by increasing the level of understanding but also provide the opportunity to learn about Bangladesh-India bilateral relations and of the connections between the peoples of the two countries to a new height that will help to move the optimistic expectations expressed.
Guided by the ideology of the nation's father, the current government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has delivered the country a miraculous success in socio-economic development. The country's success in economic growth, poverty reduction, women's empowerment and climate change is now recognised by the world community. The government is on the right track in transforming Bangladesh into a "Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal)", as Bangabandhu imagined. With the goals of" Vision 2021" and "Vision 2041” it works to build a remote and prosperous Bangladesh from poverty and starvation. Bangladesh has set a unique example of humanity by providing shelter to millions of Arakanese who, despite the country's limited resources, have been forcibly displaced in Myanmar and are finding solutions to escape. The government of Bangladesh expresses its gratitude to the people of Turkey and the government of Turkey for their continued support on this issue.
While paying his deepest respects to the greatest Bangladeshi, The Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mucibur Rahman, the Consulate General of Bangladesh in Istanbul, he dedicated himself to advancing and glorifying Bangabandhu's vision and ideals forward and beyond.