AN ODE TO THE GREATEST BENGALI OF ALL TIME

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Mujib Year will be treated as an occasion to accelerate Bangladesh’s prosperity and dignity further

Words are powerful. They inspire us, launch us into action and drive us to create the changes we want to see in the world. They are individually the most powerful force available to humanity. They have the ability to help or heal, demoralize or inspire a nation. On 7 March 1971, the Father of our Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered the speech that changed the course of history forever. It motivated a nation–repressed under brutal dictatorship and misguided by misinformation–to believe in themselves, gave the dream of standing on its own feet and the courage fight with whatever it has to become free. Celebrated around the world as the greatest Bengali of all time, Bangabandhu is the architect of our of the prospering nation that has been proving the pessimists wrong; we are his legacy.

To commemorate the birth century of our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the period from 17 March 2020 to 17 March 2021 will be celebrated as “Mujib Year”. It will be treated as an occasion to accelerate Bangladesh’s prosperity and dignity further. The torch of victory, which was given by the Father of the Nation by liberating the country will be passed on to the young generation, empowering them to fulfil his dream of “Shonar Bangla.” Every effort is being made to ensure the spirit of his greatness throughout the nation. The masterplan for the occasion ensures his teachings are also spread across the world.

The inauguration ceremony of Mujib Year will be presented by heads of states and acknowledged personalities from across the world. The list includes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee, Indian National Congress Party’s President Sonia Gandhi and Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Secretary-General Dr Yousef A Al-Othaimeen. Several heads of state including Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will also be present at the programs. There will be numerous socio-cultural and sports events throughout the year featuring the top international athletes and performers to connect and convey the message of Mujib Year throughout the world.

There are so many things about Mujib Year to be excited about; it will spread Bangabandhu’s message of peace and prosperity throughout the world and inspire millions more to fight for a world free from hunger and poverty. As a nation, we must learn to embrace his teachings to establish the country our freedom fighters fought for. The brave children of history have given us an independent state by sacrificing millions of lives. Our responsibility is to accelerate the progress of this country and nation. By creating a society free of hate and inequality and by ensuring social justice, the dream of Bangabandhu will be materialized.

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