Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa had the unparalleled quality and capacity to give the right decision at any crisis moment and she helped Bangabandhu become the great leader, Agencies report.
“In any crisis moment, my mother had the unparalleled capacity to give the right decisions,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here.
She said the time-befitting decisions of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa had helped the country achieve its desired goal — the independence.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest child of Bangabandhu and Bangamata, briefly described some incidents, including the historic March 7 Speech and the release of Bangabandhu and others in historic Agartala conspiracy case when Bangamata took some bold and right decisions at the right time.
Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa had also made huge sacrifices for Bangladesh’s independence, she said.
Hasina went on saying, “The defeated forces, their companions, Pakistani occupational forces and their collaborators, the vested quarter that never wanted the liberation of the country, the hypocrites who betrayed the country and did not spare my mother on August 15.”
She said Bangamata was the source of all encouragement, power and courage for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to work for the development and welfare of people.
“My mother always encouraged him to do politics for the people of this country, never pulled him back, she never cared for her own interests; even she never thought what she will get in life,” she said.
Hasina said Bangamata helped the Father of the Nation from behind the scene and Bangabandhu could become the great leader as she was beside him.
About the influence of Bangabandhu’s wife in his political life, Hasina said Bangamata helped Bangabandhu in taking various important political decisions.
She mentioned the suggestions of her mother to Bangabandhu before he had gone to deliver the historic Match 7th address at Suhrawardy Uddyan in 1971.
Hasina said Bangabandhu used to learn about the leaders and workers of the party through his wife when she met him in jail during the Pakistan period.
On the other hand, she said, Bangamata carried Bangabandhu’s advice to party leaders and workers.
The Prime Minister said her mother sent her with a message to Bangabandhu not to accept the proposal of getting out of jail through parole from Agartala Conspiracy case, and Bangabandhu rejected the parole proposal. Later, the Pakistan government was forced to release Bangabandhu unconditionally.
Hasina mentioned that the Father of the Nation was frequently imprisoned on political grounds and at that time Bangamata played an important role in operating Awami League, including getting Bangabandhu released from jail.
During the Liberation War in 1971, the PM recalled, Bangamata had faced the situation with patience, courage and wisdom while her husband remained imprisoned in Pakistan.
Bangabandhu wrote in details about his wife in his ‘Unfinished Memoir’ from which many unknown aspects of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, including her mental strength, sacrifice, courage, wisdom and sufferings were revealed.
Hasina mentioned about the unique mental strength of Bangamata during the nine months of the Liberation War when Bangabandhu was in Pakistan jail and her two sons were engaged in fighting in the war and her family was under arrest.
She also said Bangamata, standing beside Bangabandhu, established rehabilitation centres for the suppressed women who lost their innocence during the Liberation War while Bangabandhu was rebuilding the war-ravaged country after independence.
Terming her mother as a simple and humble woman, Hasina said she played a unique role in the movement for freedom, Liberation War and rebuilding the nation soon after independence staying beside Bangabandhu.
She said Bangamata in her entire life never wanted anything for her own. “But, she always wanted the independence of the country as well as the welfare of its people.”
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki presided over the function organised by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee Rebeka Momen, chairperson of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Momtaz Begum and secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Advocate Fazilatunnesa, MP was the keynote speaker. A documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was played on the occasion.
On this day in 1930, she was born in a noble Muslim family at Tungipara village of the then Gopalganj sub-division in Faridpur district.
She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on August 15 in 1975.