Noting the country could not attain the desired economical progress due to instability, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed her firm belief that Bangladesh, being a victorious nation, would be economically developed and triumphant against poverty.
“We gained victory through war. So, we don’t want to live through begging… the nation which became victorious through winning the war, should be economically developed and become victorious against poverty,” she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the publication ceremony of a book, ‘Bangladesh Government 1971-75’ written by PM’s Public Administration Affairs Adviser HT Imam, at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city. The 678-page book, published by Hakkani Publishers, is the second book written by HT Imam. Hasina also unveiled the cover of the book.
National Professor AF Salahuddin Ahmed spoke at the function as special guest while Hakkani Publishers managing director Md Golam Mostafa gave the address of welcome.
Hasina said that after the assassination of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with most of his family members in August 15, 1975, “history was distorted and games were played” with the fate of the country’s people although war ravaged Bangladesh turned around economically during 1972-75 under the able leadership of Bangabandhu.
Mentioning that a generation has already gone in the wrong direction learning the wrong history, she said the spirit of the war of liberation has been regained and this book of HT Imam will meet the thirst of those who would like to conduct researches even after 100 years.
The Prime Minister also called upon those who are in the know of the real facts and information during and after the war of liberation to portray the real history in their writings for the country’s people to know.
After the killing of Bangabandhu and four national leaders in 1975, she said there was no stability in the country. “Bangladesh had to pay the price due to the killing of Bangabandhu,”
Hasina said that if the father of the nation could implement the steps he had undertaken, Bangladesh would also have been an example in international arena, not just Singapore and Malaysia.
She said that after 1975, the country never witnessed peaceful changeover of power following the constitution except during the tenure of the previous Awami Leqgue government when it handed over power in 2001. “Due to such instability, the country has not witnessed much economic progress that it was supposed to achieve.”
The Prime Minister said Bangabandhu had to discharge a tough responsibility in his short post-liberation period as he had to face the anti-liberation forces as well as the ultra-leftists and ultra-rightists, side by side had to rebuild a war-ravaged country alongside improving international relations.
She said Bangabandhu had called for national unity and wanted to introduce such an electoral process where no one could influence the polls with the ‘power of money’. Rather, he wanted to bring benevolent persons to the national political scene.
Hasina said it was very rare in the history of the world to rebuild a war-ravaged country in such a short period of time that Bangabandhu had done so successfully.
Despite the continued conspiracies by the defeated forces apart from the damages caused by different underground parties, ultra-leftists and ultra-rightists just after the war, she said the father of the nation had done whatever necessary to build Bangladesh as an independent country.
In this regard, the PM said that apart from rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, rehabilitation of the oppressed women and freedom fighters, Bangabandhu had formed the administrative structure and gained recognition of Bangladesh’s independence status from 150 countries.
She said Bangabandhu also gained notable diplomatic success as Bangladesh also became the members of the UN, OIC and Commonwealth. Besides, the allied Indian Army also left the country within a short time.
Extending her thanks to HT Imam for writing this book, Hasina said the book highlighted before the nation the overall programme, plans, their implementation and progress of the then Bangabandhu government.
She mentioned that she had earlier requested HT Imam to compile his experiences as the then Cabinet Secretary into a book.