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15th March: Father of the Nation’s Birthday Celebration

April 3, 2018

Today marks the 99th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu was born to Sheikh Lutfar Rahman and Sayera Khatun in Tungipara of Gopalganj, then a sub-district of Faridpur.

Called Khoka, Bangabandhu got involved in politics in his adolescence, and was arrested for the first time as an eighth grader of Gopalganj Mission School for joining the movement against the British rule.

He founded Chhatra League in 1948 and Awami League in 1949.

On March 7, 1971, he gave the historic speech that inspired Bangalis against the subjugation and subordination by West Pakistan, saying “Our struggle is for our freedom. Our struggle is for our independence.”

A few weeks later, in the early hours of March 26, he declared Bangladesh’s independence before being arrested by the Pakistani occupation army. On returning from imprisonment in Pakistan after the liberation, Bangabandhu began rebuilding the war-ravaged state. On August 15, 1975, he and most of his family members were brutally assassinated.

March 17 is also observed as the National Children’s Day, adopted in 1996.

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