Consulate General of the People‘s Republic of Bangladesh
Istanbul, Turkey

Celebration of birth centenary of Bangabandhu begins in Istanbul

The entire nation of Bangladesh has started celebrating the 100th Birth Anniversary of its Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman-the architect of sovereign and independent Bangladesh. The birth centenary celebration begins today (17 March 2020) in the capital Dhaka with an inauguration by Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The government of Bangladesh has declared 17 March 2020 to 26 March 2021 as " Mujib Year".  Along with Bangladesh, “Mujib Year" is being celebrated globally with the initiative of the UNESCO. Bangladesh’s diplomatic Missions across the globe are also celebrating the occasion with due colour and fervour.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, born on 17 March 1920, led all the major movements of Bangalees including the great Liberation War in 1971 that eventually gave the birth of Bangladesh into the world map. He is remembered by the people of Bangladesh with utmost reverence, appreciation and gratitude. He has been conferred the title " Bangabandhu (the Friend of Bengal) by the people of Bangladesh. He was dubbed by the world famous "Newsweek " magazine as "poet of politics" on 5 April 1971, which had adequately carried and reflected the thoughts of international community on Bangabandhu's leadership.

It was Bangabandhu's charismatic personality and courageous leadership that united all freedom-aspiring people during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. He delivered a historic speech on the 7th March in 1971 that sparked the crave for independence that has been dormant in the hearts of millions. Given the contents, spirit and uniqueness of the speech, the UNESCO reorganised it as " World's Documentary Heritage " and included in the " Memory of the World International Register" on 30 October 2017.

" Friendship to all, malice to none " remains as the fundamental principle of Bangladesh's foreign policy as adopted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  Bangabandhu secured a respectable position for Bangladesh at the international stage by ensuring the newly born country's membership to the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), among others. He was accorded prestigious Joliot Curie Peace Award in 1973 for his outstanding contributions to the world peace.

In line with the national and global celebrations, the Consulate General of Bangladesh has begun its year-long celebration in Istanbul through hoisting of the national flag and placing floral wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu today (17 March 2020) at the Consulate premises. In an interactive discussion, the Consul General, Dr. Mohammad Monirul Islam highlighted the unparalleled commitments and contributions of Bangabandhu in the evolution of sovereign independent Bangladesh in 1971.  He expressed that Bangabandhu was not only a leader of Bangladesh, he emerged as voice of hope for the oppressed, discriminated and exploited people across the world. Paying rich tribute to Bangabandhu, the Consul General outlined the activities undertaken for the year long celebrations in Istanbul, which include, among others, academic discussion/seminar, painting/photographic exhibitions, rally/road shows, cultural events. He voiced optimism that the celebration of this great leader in Istanbul would not only provide an opportunity to know about the glorious life and works of Bangabandhu but would also help to take Bangladesh-Turkey bilateral relations to a new height by enhancing the level of understanding and connectivity between the peoples of two countries.

As guided by the ideology of Father of the Nation, the present Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina brought miracles into the horizon of country’s socio-economic development. The country's success and achievement in the economic growth, poverty alleviation, women empowerment and climate change are now well recognised by the world community. The government is on the right track in transforming Bangladesh into a "Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal)" as dreamt by Bangabandhu.  The government has set " Vision 2021 " and " Vision 2041" to build poverty free, hunger free and prosperous Bangladesh. Bangladesh has set a unique example of humanity by providing shelter to millions of forcefully displaced Rohingyas (Arakans) fled from Myanmar, despite the country's resource constraints. The government of Bangladesh expresses gratitude to the people and the government of Turkey for their continued support in this regard.

Let us pay our solemn respect to the greatest Bangalee of all time Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and spread/promote his vision and ideals far and beyond in the interest of building peaceful and stable societies across the world.