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Bangabandhu: In their eyes

  • Published at 01:17 pm August 15th, 2016
Bangabandhu: In their eyes

“When you think about it, it is incredible that the entire country, even before March 25, was following Bangabandhu’s leadership. He took away Pakistan’s state power and led us to our independence, but he also brought about profound political change. Some had identified him as a so-called bourgeois leader, yet he fought against elite rule and for the rights of the proletariat. Not only that, he turned the tide from religious to secular politics, and created the secular slogan - Joy Bangla - that became the first words of our free country. In my opinion, he was an outstanding personality and one of the greatest leaders of all time.” -Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister of Cultural Affairs

“Bangabandhu was a source of courage for us, and the height of leadership that he reached during our liberation struggle was unprecedented. His unchallenged leadership, and his charisma and courage, moved 75 million people to fight for a free country. I believe he is missed in the heart of every individual who loves this country.” -Sultana Kamal, lawyer and human rights activist

“He is the father who gave me a sense of unconditional freedom.” -Aly Zaker, actor and cultural activist

“In today’s fragmented and violent world, I am rediscovering Bangabandhu in a new light. He created harmony in diversity and reconciled religion with nationalism. What he achieved is part of our past, what he represented is part of our future. The more I place him in a broad historical context, the more fascinated I become.” -Mofidul Hoque, Trustee of Liberation War Museum

“What inspires me the most is Bangabandhu’s transformation from a Muslim League student activist to our leader of liberation, and his influence on the Bengali tolerance of all ways of life, be it religious, cultural or political. To me, he is like a giant banyan tree - in his shade, we learnt about Bengali secular identity and what a true Bengali is.” -Tariq Ali, Trustee of Liberation War Museum

“I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib. In personality and in courage, this man is the Himalayas. I have thus had the experience of witnessing the Himalayas.” -Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaking about Mujib during the Non-Aligned Summit held in Algiers in 1973.

“A man of vitality and vehemence, Mujib became the political Gandhi of the Bengalis, symbolising their hopes and voicing their grievances. Not even Pakistan's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, drew the million-strong throngs that Mujib has attracted in Dacca. Nor, for that matter, has any subcontinent politician since Gandhi's day spent so much time behind bars for his political beliefs.” -TIME magazine, August 1971.

“Sheikh Mujibur Rahman does not belong to Bangladesh alone. He is the harbinger of freedom for all Bengalis. His Bengali nationalism is the new emergence of Bengali civilisation and culture. Mujib is the hero of the Bengalis, in the past and in the times that are.” -Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal.

“In the thousand year history of Bengal, Sheikh Mujib is her only leader who has, in terms of blood, race, language, culture and birth, been a full blooded Bengali. His physical stature was immense. His voice was redolent of thunder. His charisma worked magic on people. The courage and charm that flowed from him made him a unique superman in these times.” -Journalist Cyril Dunn.

“In a sense, Sheikh Mujib is a greater leader than George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and De Valera.” -Lord Fenner Brockway.

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