Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her optimism that the people of Bangladesh will follow the path of history of the War of Independence to build a prosperous nation as dreamt by the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
‘People of Bangladesh now have the opportunity to know the country’s real history and they will build a prosperous nation based on the spirit of the War of Independence,’ she said.
She said, ‘A lie cannot suppress a universal truth. History of Bangladesh cannot be written without Bangabandhu as he’s the major part of the Bengali’s glorious history.’
Sheikh Hasina said these while unveiling a book titled Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman at Gonobhaban in Dhaka on Friday afternoon.
It’s the first volume of a series of 14 books containing around 40,000 documents and important information of the chronological history of the struggle of the Bengalis for independence, including the Language Movement. The first contains the documents of 1948-1950.
Sheikh Hasina said the documents would help people to know the long struggles of Bangabandhu for Bangladesh’s independence, and his protests against Pakistani’s exploitations.
Hakkani Prakashani published the book edited by prime minister Sheikh Hasina with the support of the Jatir Janak Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.
Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam presided over the function while director general of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan attended the programme as main discussant.
Inspector general of the Bangladesh Police, Mohammad Jabed Patwary, described how the documents of IB were retrieved from the storeroom of the Special Branch of Bangladesh Police by a 22-member team.
Member secretary of the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust Sheikh Hafizur Rahman and proprietor of Hakkani Publisher GolamMostafa and curator of Bangabandhu Museum Nazrul Islam Khan also spoke at the programme.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudury, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court and chiefs of three services and diplomats also attended the book unveiling ceremony.
Younger daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Rehana and prime minister’s family members, leaders of different political parties and professional bodies, writers, poets and litterateurs also joined the programme.
The prime minister said Bangabandhu was always vocal against the intimidation of Pakistan on Bengalis. ‘So, the reports of IB were mostly against Bangabandhu,’ she added.
Terming the documents as invaluable treasures of Bangabandhu’s political life, the prime minister said adding these records would allow people to know every activities of Bangabandhu during the Pakistani regime.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu fought his whole life to establish the rights of the Bengali. ‘Since 1948, Bangabandhu psyched the nation step by step for the country’s independence,’ she said.
‘Bangabandhu was repeatedly sent to jails; but he never bowed down his head to the rulers,’ she added.
Sheikh Hasina, also the chairperson of the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust, said two other books — one on Bangabandhu’s visit to China and other on Bangabandhu’s biography — would be published very soon.
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