- President Zillur Rahman on Thursday urged the young generation to learn more from the life and works of Bangamata Sheikh
Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as her ideals are worthy of emulation.President Zillur Rahman on Thursday urged the young generation to learn more from the life and works of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as her ideals are worthy of emulation.
The President gave the call while addressing a discussion at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the city, organized by Bangamata Parishad marking the 81st birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
Zillur Rahman said that during the country’s independence war, in absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, Bangamata had to run the party and also their family amid grave worries and tension, and she faced all the challenges with infinite patience.
“We’ve seen that she led a very simple life even while being the wife of the President, the Prime Minister and architecture of an independent country,” he said, adding that luxury was never seen in her lifestyle.
The President observed that Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib became Bangamata by her own virtue and works, as Mahatma Gandhi’s wife Kasturba, Jawaharlal Nehru’s wife Kamala, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan’s wife Basanti Devi and Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie Mandela have found their place in history as co-warriors of their husbands.
He recalled that Bangamata gave the leadership and necessary directives indirectly to Awami League in the absence of Bangabandhu. Even Bangabandhu was encouraged by her before making his historic speech at the then Race Course ground in the city on March 7 in 1971.
Zillur Rahman said Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib played vital role in the country’s politics by offering constructive advices to Bangabandhgu throughout his political life especially during the long 14 years of imprisonment.
Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique and general secretary of Bangamata Parishad Anisur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.
Begum Fazilatunnesa (Birth: Tungipara, Gopalganj., Aug 8, 1930) – Begum Fazilatunnesa was the wife of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, mother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina says her mother was actively involved in forwarding the cause of Bangladesh’s independence and bent on making her husband’s dream come true.
- Sheikh Kamal (Birth: Gopalganj, Aug 5, 1949) – Sheikh Kamal was the eldest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was a freedom fighter. He was the founder of Abahani Krira Chakra. He also played significant roles in the 1966 movement for self-determination, and the 1969 mass uprising.
- Sultana Kamal Khuku (Birth: Dhaka, 1951) – Sultana Kamal Khuku was the wife of Sheikh Kama. She had a BSS (Hons) from Dhaka University. She was an established athlete. She won several national prizes in long jumps with records.
- Sheikh Jamal (Birth: Gopalganj, Apr 28, 1954) – Sheikh Jamal was the second son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. While being under house arrest with his mother in July, 1971, he fled to free zone and participated in liberation war.
- Parveen Jamal Rosy (Birth: Sylhet, 1956) – Parveen Jamal Rosy was the wife of Sheikh Jamal and daughter of Bangabandhu’s younger sister Khadeza Hossain. She was studying at Badrunnesa Ahmed College. Her father was Syed Hossain serving as the establishment ministry secretary under Bangabandhu government.
- Sheikh Russel (Birth: Oct 18, 1964) – Sheikh Russel was the youngest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was a 10 year-old student at Dhaka University Laboratory High School.
- Sheikh Abu Naser (Birth: Tungipara, Gopalganj, Sept 1928) – Sheikh Abu Naser was the younger brother of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was a renowned businessman in Khulna.
- Abdur Rab Serniabat,( Birth: Barisal, Chaitra, 1327) – Abdur Rab Serniabat was the husband of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s third sister Amena Begum. Bangabandhu appointed him as agriculture minister in 1973. He had a significant role in reforms in agriculture.
- Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni (Birth: Tungipara, Gopalganj, Dec 4, 1939) – Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni was the eldest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s elder sister. He was the founding chairman of Awami Juba League.
- Begum Arzu Moni (Birth: Barisal, Mar 15, 1947, Barisal) – Begum Arzu Moni was the wife of Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni. She sat MSS exams in political science in Dhaka University in 1975.
- Baby Serniabat (Birth: Barisal, May 20, 1960) – Baby Serniabat was the youngest daughter of Abdur Rab Serniabat. She was a class-nine student of Laboratory High School in Dhaka University.
- Shahid Serniabat (Birth: Barisal, Mar 26, 1940) – Shahid Serniabat was a nephew of Abdur Rab Serniabat. He was the correspondent to Dainik Bangla in Barisal.
- Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu (Birth: Barisal, Dec 1, 1957) – Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu was a cousin of Amir Hossain Amu. He sat SSC exam under Barisal Zilla School in 1975.
- Arif Serniabat (Birth: Mar 27, 1964) – Arif Serniabat was the youngest son of Abdur Rab Serniabat. He was a class-four student of Laboratory High School in Dhaka University.
- Sukanto Abdullah Babu (Birth: Gauranadi, Barisal, June 22, 1971) – Sukanto Abdullah Babu was a grand son of Abdur Rab Serniabat.
Col. Jamaluddin Ahmed (Birth: Gopalganj, Feb 1, 1933) – Col. Jamaluddin Ahmed was the chief security officer of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.