Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday that her mother, Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, was the source of all inspiration and courage of Bangladesh’s independence architect Bagabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Prime Minister said that her mother always inspired and encouraged Bangabandhu to address the causes of the people.
Hasina, the eldest daughter of the Fazilatunnesa Mujib and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, came up with the statement while addressing a reminiscence meeting marking the 87th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib in Dhaka.
She said the assailants had brutally killed ‘Bangamata’ on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 sensing her role in shaping the decisions of Bangabandhu.
“The vengeful killers didn’t spare Bangamata for the ‘behind the scene’ role the prudent and spirit-full lady had played for liberating Bangladesh.”
Ministry of Women and Children Affairs organized the programme at Osmani Memorial Hall.
“The killers could understand that Fazilatunnesa was the key to success of all movements of Sheikh Mujib and she played the prime role in taking every important decisions of Mujib. So they killed her so brutally,” Hasina said.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki presided over the function while chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Rebeka Momen was present as special guest, according to the state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Fazilutanessa Bappi, MP, presented the keynote paper while chairman of the Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Momtaj Begum took part in the discussion and secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum gave the welcome address.
A video documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was screened.
On this day in 1930, Begum Fazilatun Nesa was born in a Muslim family at Tungipara village of the then Gopalganj sub-division of Faridpur district. She was brutally assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family on August 15, 1975.
Hasina said there were many critical times in different phases of the national history when it became crucial to take right decisions. During those times, she said, Begum Mujib helped Bangabandhu in taking right decision.
In his absence, Begum Mujib guided the party leaders and workers like a leader and guardian as well, she added.
Hasina particularly mentioned two important events- saying, Bangamata played a big role in pursuing Bangabandhu in delivering speech ‘as he wishes’ before millions of people on the historic March 7, 1971.
Bangamata also played role in denying the parole of Bangabandhu granted by Pakistani rulers to join the roundtable conference in Pakistan when movement for six- point rose to its peak after 1968, Hasina said.
Recalling the sacrifice of Begum Mujib in her whole life for the people of Bangladesh, Hasina said, “Bangamata as a woman and wife had no demand in her life, and she led a very simple life.”
“My mother always led a simple life like the common people of Bangladesh and taught this her children,” she said.
Bangamata was always loyal to all political decisions of Bangabandhu and ready to face any situation amidst political repression of Pakistani juntas throughout the political life of Bangabandhu.
She also used to serve the families of the detained leaders in their economic hardship, children’s education and illness when Bangabandhu was in prison, the prime minister said.
“My mother was like a guerrilla revel,” she said adding that denying the restriction of Pakistani rulers she used to come out of her home frequently changing her attire and shoes to reach information of Bangabandhu to the party leaders.
Hasina said Fazilatun Nesa Mujib had never felt trouble during any hard time; rather she used to face any situation with courage and fortitude. “Even she was not worried after the lodging of the ‘Agartala Conspiracy’ case against Bangabandhu,” she said.
The prime minister urged the party leaders and workers to nourish the ideals of Begum Fazilatun Nesa in their life to materialize her dream and build a happy, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.
Speakers paid glowing tributes to Bangamata recalling her crucial and prudent role in all activities of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and movement for nation’s independence.
Terming Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa one of the most courageous, intelligent, dedicated, loving and affectionate ladies of the national history, they said the history would certainly remember the contribution of the highly politically conscious and great patriotic lady along with remembering Bangabandhu as the architect of independent Bangladesh.