The Homecoming Day of founder president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was celebrated at Bangladesh embassy in Washington, DC on Thursday in a befitting manner.
In observance of the day, Bangladesh ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin, accompanied by embassy officers and employees, placed a wreath at the bust of Sheikh Mujib on the embassy precinct, according to a message received in Dhaka on Friday.
Later, a brief discussion on the significance of Sheikh Mujib’s Homecoming Day was held at Bangabandhu auditorium.
The messages of president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina were read out by economic minister Md Shahabuddin Patwari and press minister Shamim Ahmad.
Deputy chief of mission Mahbub Hassan Saleh recited a self-composed poem on Mujib titled ‘Tumi Amar’.
A video was presented on Sheikh Mujib’s return and his speech at Suhrawardy Udyan delivered on January 10, 1972.
Speaking on the occasion, ambassador Ziauddin said, ‘Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was our hero as no other ever was, and importantly, he
made us all feel proud of being Bengalis. He led us as a nation and gave us a country’.
The ambassador recalled how he and his friends pushed through the surge of millions and reached the stairway of the plane at Tejgaon airport on that day in 1972.
As the door of the plane opened, the slogans ‘Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu’ seemed to reverberate across the Bengali nation, he said.
The founder president looked tired and yet was smiling and waving,’ he said, adding ‘We touched him as he passed us. Our mission was complete’.
Quoting famous journalist Cyril Dunn, Ziauddin said, ‘In the thousand-year history of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujib is the only leader who has, in terms of blood, race, language, culture and birth, been a fullblooded Bengali. The courage and charm that flowed from him made him a unique superman in these times.’
The ambassador said that Newsweek Magazine called him ‘the Poet of Politics’.
Cuba’s Fidel Castro while embracing Mujib at the Algiers NAM Summit had said, ‘I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib. This man is resembles the Himalayas in personality and courage.’
Ambassador Ziauddin said that best way the Bengali nation could express their gratitude to Mujib was through preservation of his heritage and legacy and materialising his dream of a Golden Bangla, which was progressing fast under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
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