“I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib
These are the words of revolutionary Fidel Castro after he met Bongobondhu in 1973. The stature of this man is incomparable to any other Bangladeshi. Bongobondhu fought relentlessly for his people and his legacy will forever be engraved in the pages of history. He was the voice of the voiceless people.
The greatest Bengali of all time, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a true patriot; a great statesman; a remarkable fiery orator; and the Father of the Nation. Today, on March 17th, we celebrate his 103rd birthday and honor his unparalleled vision and sacrifice for his people.
Eminent journalist Cyril Dunn is correct when he says: “In a sense, Sheikh Mujib is a greater leader than George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi, and De Valera.” Because he was always found strong-willed and determined to create his people’s own country; his beloved Bangladesh.
The price of his unwavering commitment was heavy, as he was imprisoned for over two decades by the Pakistani regime. But he refused to back down in the face of adversity and emerged as the dominant figure in Bangladesh’s politics for over four decades.
The great Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was not merely a leader, but a symbol of hope and resilience for his people, inspiring generations to come.”