Dhaka – Bangladesh is all set to begin the countdown of the year-long birth centenary celebration of its independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Friday coinciding his historic homecoming day to independent Bangladesh on this day in 1972 after his release from Pakistani jail.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu Mujib, will formally open the countdown up to March 17, the birthday of the slain Bangladeshi leader, at a function in Dhaka’s old airport, where he had landed on January 10, 1972 after Bangladesh was liberated following a bloody nine-month war.
He was in captivity in Pakistan jail for 290 days as he was arrested in Dhaka soon after he announced Bangladesh’s independence on March 26, 1971.
Bangabandhu was born on March 17, 1920. He was assassinated along with most of his family on August 15, 1975 by a group of disgruntled military officers.
The government has earlier announced yea 2020 as Mujib Year to celebrate the birth anniversary of the great leader. Bangabandhu’s life and works will be presented among the young generation as a section in the government after his assassination tried to erase his contribution from Bangladesh’s history.
The countdown, through the formal inauguration by the prime minister, will begin simultaneously in every district, upazila and all public gathering places across the country.
The authorities set up devices at different public places in the capital Dhaka, divisional cities, districts, city corporations and upazilas across the country to display the countdown clocks.
Twelve city corporations are setting up devices in the 28 points while 83 devices are also being set up divisional cities, 53 districts, two upazilas and Dhaka city, including Dhaka University, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
The countdown to the observance of the birth centenary will begin through creating a symbolic atmosphere of the return of Bangabandhu, chief coordinator of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said.
“Our goal is not just to celebrate the birth centenary, but to add a new dimension in the country’s development activities and services for building ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Bangabandhu,” he said.
The birth centenary celebration programmes include short films, screening documentaries, introducing international award in the name of Bangabandhu and Green Factory Award.
World leaders are expected to join the March 17 celebration programme in Dhaka.