The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed in the country on Monday (Jan 10).
The supreme commander of the country's Liberation War Bangabandhu returned liberated Bangladesh via London and New Delhi on January 10 in 1972, after 290 days captivity in the then West Pakistan jail.
Ruling Awami League, its front organizations, other political parties and socio-cultural-professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day.
Pakistan army arrested Bangabandhu from his Dhanmondi residence on the night of March 25, 1971 and sent him to a West Pakistani jail the following day. He was subjected to inhuman torture in the jail.
“I was a prisoner in the condemned cell awaiting hanging. From the day I went into jail, I didn't know whether I was to live or not. I was mentally ready to die. But I knew Bangladesh would be liberated,” Bangabandhu spoke emotionally of his ordeal in Pakistani prison in a news conference at Claridge’s, London's most elegant hotel.
On the Pakistani army's slaughter of Bengalis, Sheikh Mujib declared: “If Hitler could have been alive today, he would be ashamed.”
Earlier on March 26 in 1971, Bangabandhu proclaimed independence of Bangladesh and urged people from all walks of life to participate wholeheartedly in the nation's War of Liberation.
Immediately after proclamation of the independence, Bangabandhu was arrested by Pakistani military junta and then flown to West Pakistan to keep him in prisons there.
Later, the country achieved final victory through the nine-month-long Liberation War on December 16 in 1971.
People, however, got the real taste of victory with the homecoming of Bangabandhu on January 10 in 1972.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
A programme titled 'Father of the Nation in Independent Country (Mukto Swadeshe Jatir Pita)' will be live broadcast on all television channels, online and social media at 3pm tomorrow from Shaheed Manirul Alam Auditorium of the Bangladesh Television here.
Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the programme virtually joining from her official residence Ganabhaban in the city.
Poems of Sheikh Rehana, Bangabandhu's younger daughter, written on her parents will be recited in the function while a discussion on the significance of Bangabandhu's homecoming will also be held.
BDST: 1429 HRS, JAN 09, 2022