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PM Hasina: Even as president’s son, Kamal led a simple life

  • Published at 03:36 pm August 5th, 2021
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, marking the 72nd birth anniversary of youth icon Shaheed Sheikh Kamal, unveiled a memorial book on him on Thursday, August 5, 2021 PID

His biggest passion was to improve the country’s educational institutions and the cultural and sports arenas, says the prime minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Sheikh Kamal used to lead a very simple life but faced a malicious campaign after surviving a futile assassination attempt in 1974.

“Kamal was shot on December 16, 1974 following a conspiracy. An ill-attempt was made to kill him. When he survived it, various negative campaigns were carried out against him,” she said.

The prime minister said this while addressing a function arranged to confer Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council (NSC) Award-2021 on its recipients marking the 72nd birth anniversary of Shaheed Sheikh Kamal.

Hasina joined the function, held at Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Auditorium of the National Sports Council, through a virtual platform from her official residence Ganabhaban.

The prime minister said Sheikh Kamal had led a very simple life despite being a son of the president, prime minister or Father of the Nation Bangabandhu.

“Though his father was the prime minister or the president, he never had any intention to make money and wealth or build a business,” she said.

His biggest passion was to develop the country’s educational institutions and improve cultural and sports arenas, said Hasina recollecting the contributions of her younger brother to different sectors, particularly sports.

Kamal had played a sincere role in modernizing football, cricket, and the sports sector. “He had made tangible contributions to the field of music, too. As a Dhaka University student, he had a lot of contributions to our society,” she said.

His biggest goal was to reorganize the young generation, motivate them to love the country, and work in the interest of the country. “Had he been alive (for a long) he could have done a lot of work for the country’s young generation,” she said.

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Describing Kamal as a versatile man, Hasina said he had a good sense of responsibility and dutifulness, and he played various games like football, cricket and hockey in addition to founding ‘Abahani Krira Chakra’.

Alongside sports, he was very good in drama, song, and extempore activity, and founded the ‘Spondon Shilpi Gosthi’.

About his organizational competence, the prime minister said Kamal played a very active role in different movements and struggles after the Six-Point Demand was placed in 1966, conducted a campaign competently before the 1970 election.  

Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed Sheikh Kamal NSC Award-2021 among 10 sports personalities and two organizations.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, Senior Secretary of Youth and Sports Ministry Akhter Hossain handed over the awards to them under seven categories.

Mahfuza Khatun Shila (swimming), Ruman Shana (archery) and Mabia Akter Simanto (weightlifting) received the award in the athlete category.

Akbar Ali (captain of U-19 Cricket World Cup winner), Fahad Rahman (chess), and Unnati Khatun (football) got the award in the emerging athlete category.

Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin was given the lifetime honour award.

Manzoor Quader and Kya Shai Hra got the award in sports organizer category, while Muhammad Kamruzzaman in the sports journalist category.

Bangladesh Cricket Board received the award in the organization category while Walton received it in the sponsor category.

The prime minister also unveiled the cover of an illustrated memoir on Shaheed Captain Sheikh Kamal.

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