Correspondent: Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament. Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury MP said, Bangabandhu led the movement against the exploitation and deprivation of Pakistanis, went on hunger strike and also imprisoned. Bengal's independence came as a result of his long 24-year movement. He said, Bangabandhu's spirit and being were Bengalis and Bangladesh.
He spoke as the chief guest at a discussion meeting and prayer meeting organized by Southeast University on the occasion of the 48th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day at the Multipurpose Hall of Southeast University in the capital on August 31 (Thursday).
Southeast University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Under the chairmanship of AFM Mofizul Islam, Registrar of the University Major General Kazi Fakruddin Ahmed (retd) gave a welcome address on the occasion. Special speech was given by the advisor of the Board of Trustees. ANM Meshkat Uddin and Dean of the School of Science and Engineering Professor Dr. A B M Farooq. Chairman of Board of Trustees Rezaul Karim gave speech as special guest.
Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury MP said, Bangabandhu did not have personal ambition or desire for power. Because Bangabandhu worked all his life to put a smile on the face of the suffering people, to get their rightful rights, all the Hindus-Muslims-Buddhists-Christians responded to his call and jumped into the great freedom struggle.
He said, in just three and a half years after independence, Bangabandhu was trying to build the foundation of the war-torn country as well as gain membership of various international organizations. He said, Bangabandhu made Bangladesh a member of Inter-Parliamentary Union and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 1972. As a result of his far-reaching initiatives, Bangladesh has been able to occupy the highest position of both these organizations, which is a unique example.
The speaker said, Bangabandhu's greatest strength was that he loved the people of Bengal It was the undying love for Bengalis that made Bangabandhu's politics and existence meaningful. He said, Mujib is eternal. Mujib cannot be removed. From one Mujib, lakhs of Mujibs will be born from the new generation, carrying the ideals and spirit of Bangabandhu.
He said that the most brutal murder in the history of the world took place on August 15, 1975. Paying tribute to all the martyrs including Bangabandhu, he said that everyone should work together to create a developed, prosperous and smart Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Meanwhile, the Speaker thanked the Southeast University authorities for organizing such a program. On the occasion of the National Day of Mourning, prayers are offered for the souls of all the martyrs, including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Teachers and students of all levels of Southeast University, invited guests, dignitaries and media workers were present in the event.