Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, has spent most of his life in politics outside state power. He fought against colonial and undemocratic regimes, first against the British for almost seven years, then against Pakistan for 24 years to establish the economic, political and cultural rights of the Bengalis. If we look at his long and arduous struggles and his 3.5 year reign in independent Bangladesh, he comes across as an outstanding figure in shaping the lives of Bengalis and others, turning the world into a better place. Bangabandhu had some specific political ideals and goals, and he worked constantly to achieve them. Through his achievements, he presented before us and before the world a philosophy of love, peace and freedom.
In my opinion, Bangabandhu is one of the greatest leaders the world has ever produced. He gained his philosophical conviction from his love for the people and the country, and through unusual courage, honesty and sincerity. He didn’t follow Marxist or Maoist philosophy to bring about socio-political change – he had his own philosophy. Bangabandhu said that he will not import socialism from other countries, but will form our own socialist society, preserving democracy, social justice and the rights of the people. The aim was to transform society by establishing socialism in a democratic way and making it functional.
Love for the people was at the heart of Bangabandhu’s philosophy. It has become the conscience of humanity and affirmed the right of the people to live with respect. Bangabandhu wrote: “As a man, all things humanity concerns me. As a Bengali I am deeply involved in all things Bengal related. my very being. ”This quote clearly shows how Bangabandhu identified himself as a human being and as a Bengali. His asserted self-identification helps us to understand the main characteristics of Bangabandhu’s philosophy: love, peace and freedom.
Bangabandhu deeply loved his people and his country. His people were dear to him. It was his people who were his strength and his source of power. His greatest weakness was also his love for people. In response to British TV journalist David Frost’s question – “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “- in an interview on January 18, 1972, Bangabandhu said: I love them too much.”
Frost also asked, “When you see them digging a grave and think of all that you have to leave behind, do you think first of your country, or for example, of your wife and children? In response, Bangabandhu said, “I feel for my country and my people, then my family. I love my people more. I suffered for my people and you have seen how many people love me.
Bangabandhu has always supported the poor. He was involved in many social and political movements, such as the peasants’ movement against the establishment of the Jinnah Fund, the ban on the inter-district rice trade known as the “cordon” system, etc. He supported the movement of the fourth class employees of the University of Dhaka and was imprisoned in 1949.
Bangabandhu, throughout his life, has been involved in politics and movements, and has spoken of the emancipation of people from exploitation and oppression. However, he never deviated from his stance of peaceful and non-violent movements. He transformed the Bengali nationalist movement into a movement for independence, following democratic norms and culture, from 1947 to 1970. The movement turned into an armed struggle in March 1971 after the Pakistani military junta refused to give in. power to the Awami League, which won an absolute majority in the 1970 elections.
Bangabandhu has practiced honesty throughout his life. He supported and fought honestly and wholeheartedly for the emancipation of the people, and he received this lesson in honesty from his family. In The Unfinished Memoirs, Bangabandhu wrote that his father Sheikh Lutfar Rahman said, “If you don’t study, you won’t become a good human being. And one more thing: if you have a sincere and honest goal, you will never be defeated. ”Bangabandhu never forgot this advice.
Bangabandhu believed in peace, harmony and equal rights for all. Although he was involved in the Pakistani movement, he believed that Muslims in India and Hindus in Pakistan should enjoy the same rights as citizens and live together in peace and harmony. Bangabandhu rescued Muslims and Hindus from acts of community riots that broke out in Calcutta on August 16, 1947. Along with Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, he actively participated in efforts led by Mahatma Gandhi to establish community peace and harmony .
Bangabandhu not only thought of Bangladesh or regional peace, he also defended world peace and against the nuclear arms race and nuclear war. His speech to the 29th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, 1974 ushered in new ideas and policies to build a brave new world free from economic inequality, social injustice, military aggression and threats of war nuclear. He said: “Peace is absolutely necessary for the protection of the existence of mankind. The hopes and aspirations of all the men and women of the world are embodied in this peace. Peace can never be lasting if it is not based on justice.
Bangabandhu was a visionary leader. He believed that Bangladesh should embrace science and technology to help accelerate the building of a poverty-free, happy and prosperous Shonar Bangla (Golden Bengal). He did not forget to seek international cooperation and partnership in resources and technology to alleviate the suffering of people at UNGA. He said: “There is no doubt that international cooperation and partnership in resources and technology can facilitate our task, can alleviate the suffering of peoples. However, emerging countries like ours must have confidence in their own effectiveness. bearing in mind that it is only through the united and concerted effort of the people that we can achieve our specific goal, to build a better future. “
“This future will be free from the threats of nuclear war. By the equitable distribution of all the wealth and technical knowledge of the world, the door to such well-being can be opened where everyone will have the minimum assurance of a happy and honest life. , ” he said.
The conspirators in August 1975 killed a great leader and the best Bengali of all time, Bangabandhu, who fought for the cause of the people and brought independence. But they couldn’t erase his name. His philosophy and his ideology are with us. Freedom loving people can taste freedom if they follow the philosophy of Bangabandhu.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, is the Minister of State for the ICT Division.