Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - Joi Bangla Joi Bangabandhu (Long live Bangla, long live Bangabandhu)

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Bangabandhu)

  • Born: 17 March 1920 at village of Tungipara in Gopalganj District (south-west of Dhaka)
  • Died: 15 August 1975, Dhaka (aged 55)
  • Profession: Awami League politician and the founding leader of Bangladesh
  • National contribution: First President and second Prime Minister of Bangladesh; First to rename 'East Pakistan' to 'Bangla Desh' (Land of Bengal); First Constitution of Bangladesh written under his leadership.
  • Recognition: Honorary title of 'Bangabandhu' (Friend of Bengal) & 'Jathir Jonok/Pitha' (Father of the Nation)
  • Hasani? Didn't know that! 5 ft 11" tall. Spoke in Bangla during United Nations

Timeline of few major events in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's life:

  • 1934 - Eye injury nearly makes him blind
  • 1939 - Meets Sher-e-Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy for the first time
  • 1942 - (Officially) marries cousin Begum Fazilatunnesa
  • 4 January 1948 - Co-finds East Pakistan Muslim Chhatro (Students) League
  • 17 March 1948 - Support for Dhaka University's employee rights
  • 26 March 1949 - Expelled from Dhaka University
  • 23 June 1949 - Appointed Joint Secretary of newly formed East Pakistan Awami Muslim League
  • 14 February 1952 - Hunger strikes from jail during Bhasha Andolon
  • June 1954 - Jailed for 7 months after Jukta Front win election
  • 21 October 1955 - 1966 - Re-elected General Secretary of Awami League
  • 11 October 1958 - Held as political prisoner for 14 months
  • 1 March 1966 - Elected President of Awami League
  • 1966 - Arrested numerous times for advocating 6-Dafa (Six Point movement)
  • 1968 - 22 February 1969 - Arrested and tried in 'Agartala Shorjontro Mamla' (Agartala Conspiracy Case)
  • 23 February 1969 - Tofail Ahmed gives honorary title of "Bangabandhu" (Friend of Bengal)
  • 7 December 1970 - Leads Awami League to landslide victory in General Election
  • 7 March 1971 - Addresses over a million Bengali crowd with historic "Ebarer Sangram" speech in Ramna Racecourse, Dhaka
  • 26 March 1971 - Arrested at the start of Muktijuddho and jailed in West Pakistan for nine-and-half months
  • 8 January 1972 - Released from prison in Pakistan. Returns to independent Bangladesh two days later
  • 12 January 1972 - Steps down as President and becomes Prime Minister
  • 1973 - Leads Awami League to victory in Bangladesh's first ever General Election
  • 24 September 1974 - Addresses General Assembly of the United Nations in Bangla
  • 25 January 1975 - Becomes self-appointed President and replaces all political parties with BAKSAL
  • 15 August 1975 - Assassinated in his home in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, along with most of his family

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's (Bangabandhu) biography

  1. Early life of 'Khoka', Socially-driven and sport-mad teenager, inspired by Suhrawardy in politics, family
  2. Co-founded Purbo Pakistan Muslim Chhatro League (East Pakistan Muslim Students League) to protest in Bhasha Andolon, Jukta Front membership
  3. Co-find and revitalise Awami League, year of historical '6-Dafa Karmasuchi', Agartala Shorjontro Mamla conspiracy
  4. 'Bangabandhu' (Friend of Bengal) title by Tofail Ahmed, life behind bars
  5. Denied premiership in 1970 election, voice of thunder during Muktijuddho (Bangladesh Liberation War)
  6. Return of Bangabandhu, re-building a broken nation
  7. Embracing the 'enemy', Sheikh family, downfall, assassination
  8. Legacy I: criticism, voted greatest Bengali in BBC poll, Jatiyo Shuwk Dibosh & Jail Hoitta Dibosh
  9. Legacy II: Bangabandhu Smriti Jadughar (Memorial Museum), Bangabandhu Jatiyo (National) Stadium
  10. Legacy III: "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall" at Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC)
  11. Legacy IV: What others say about Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Bangabandhu)...
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