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Bangladeshi Immigrant Day to be observed in New York on September 25

  • Published at 08:44 pm September 17th, 2021
FILE PHOTO: The Empire State Building rises above Manhattan in front of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges as seen from an apartment in the Central Park Tower building as the building celebrates its topping out in New York, U.S. September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
File photo: The Empire State Building rises above Manhattan in front of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges as seen from an apartment in the Central Park Tower building as the building celebrates its topping out in New York, U.S. September 17, 2019 Reuters

In memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's UN, speech in Bangla the day is being observed for the third consecutive time

The state of New York in the USA will observe "Bangladeshi Immigrant Day" on September 25 next for the third consecutive time as the bill regarding the observance of the day was passed in the New York State Senate on January 26.

Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for the first time in its history, gave a speech in Bangla at the 29th general assembly of the United Nations (UN) on September 25, 1974.

In memory of his speech on September 25, the day was declared as the Bangladeshi Immigrant Day, said Bishwajeet Saha, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of New-York based organization of Bangladeshi immigrants Muktadhara Foundation.

On January 21, New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky placed the bill in the State Senate while the bill was passed unanimously on January 26.

Saha said this achievement has added another feather to the activities of Muktadhara Foundation in observance of Bangabandhu's birth centenary.

Muktadhara Foundation will arrange a colourful programme at Jewish Centre of Jackson Heights at 5 pm on September 25 to observe the day.

The '74 UN speech Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a historic one, especially for two reasons. First, it was delivered in Bangla and second, it ushered in fresh ideas and policies to build a brave new world free of economic inequalities, social injustice, military aggression and threats of the nuclear war.

In his remarkable speech, he said, "Only those countries who have earned freedom after long years of struggles and sacrifices have strong will and strength of mind, Remember Presidents, my Bengalis can endure sufferings but will not die. In the challenge to survive, the will of my people is my greatest strength." (25 September 1974).