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International community expects Bangabandhu Peace Prize

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International community expects Bangabandhu Peace Prize

I believe that the introduction of the Bangabandhu Peace Prize would be paving the new dimension of the Bangladesh Foreign Policy to have more good friends in the world at the time when Bangladesh is heading towards receiving the new height of an economic state. By 2024, Bangladesh would be officially branded as a middle-income county having its huge size of economy in the global map.

Despite conflicts and wars in many corners of the world in present days, there are many hearts deeply involved in making peace. They have invested their life time to secure the philosophy of no war, no conflict in human society. For such a pain taking job, they must be recognized for their virtuous deeds. They must be appreciated by the people in dangling the best medal ornamented with names of real heroes, those who had sacrificed their lives for good, for mankind.

In this way of thoughts, there are many great personalities that the global people received the touch of, experienced their warmth and means of love. Amongst, founder of Bangladesh and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is one.

To see the depth of his crying heart for humanity, one can recite his statement as he said, “As a man, what concerns mankind concerns me. As a Bengalee, I am deeply involved in all that concerns Bengalees. This abiding involvement is born of and nourished by love, enduring love, which gives meaning to my politics and to my very being.”

In his total life span of 55 years, he spent 4,682 days behind the iron bar in a dark cell of Pakistani jail. He had a jail life like Nelson Mandela from South Africa, Father of the Nation of India Mahatma Gandhi who is widely known as Bapujee, the Great Bengalee leader Subhas Chandra Bose who had cracked the heart of British and also Jawaharlal Nehru. In post 1947 Pakistan’s political situation, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, known as the Frontier Gandhi, spent much of his adult days in Pakistan’s jail for standing Pathan’s rights.

Being a “Political Entrepreneur” and a great secularist leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made the success story by snatching out the liberation for his own people through a continuous political process and finally arms struggle from the ruthless bloody hands of Pakistani rulers in 1971.

His mission was to make his people free from all repression, i.e., either economic or physical or mental slavery. Due to his political passion to free his nation from every odds of a West Pakistani Military ruler, the world community has appreciated him with a grand salute.

As we all know, while the Cuban supreme leader Fidel Castro met Bangabandhu in 1973 at the Algiers Non-Aligned Summit, he said, “I have not seen the Himalayas, but I have seen Sheikh Mujib. In personality and in courage, this man is the Himalayas. I have thus had the experience of witnessing the Himalayas.” made the remark after the summit.

An eminent Egyptian journalist Hasnein Heikal said, “Sheikh Mujibur Rahman does not belong to Bangladesh alone. He is the harbinger of freedom for all Bengalees.”

Renowned British journalist Cyril Dunn of the London Observer in one of his articles wrote that in the thousand years’ history of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujib is the only leader who has, in terms of blood, race, language, culture and birth, been a full-blooded Bengali.

“In a sense, Sheikh Mujib (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) is a great leader than George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and De Valera”, Leader of the British humanist movement late Lord Fenner Brockway once made such a golden remark on him.

Their statements are also justifying the demand of introducing the Bangabandhu Peace Prize. As we know there are several peace prizes under the name of many great personalities, e.g., Nobel Peace prize, Gandhi Peace Prize, Lenin Peace Prize, Confucius Peace Prize and so on. Indeed, introducing a new peace prize under the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would add a new height to the panel of different peace prizes/awards existing in the world, because it will not be a domestic or regional but the international one.

I believe that the introduction of the Bangabandhu Peace Prize would be paving the new dimension of the Bangladesh Foreign Policy to have more good friends in the world at the time when Bangladesh is heading towards receiving the new height of an economic state. By 2024, Bangladesh would be officially branded as a middle-income county having its huge size of economy in the global map.

The Bangabandhu peace prize would contribute to the peacemaking process in the existing heated world in a way to encourage more people to come forward with their voice for peace.

Making a peace effort is not an easy thing that one can achieve only by dreaming of. This hard way requires a Lion heart with a great amount of activity like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had.

Under the dynamic leadership of honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, if the Government of Bangladesh introduces the Bangabandhu Peace Prize then it would also contribute a wide scale honor to our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the celebration of his Birth Centenary this year and global people will also feel happy in seeing such an effort which would carry a great name of their loved leader in the modern history of 20th and 21st century.

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Mujtoba Ahmed Murshed, contributor to Blitz is an internationally acclaimed political analyst, media specialist, author, poet, novelist and former newspaper editor. He is a member of the secularist forces in Bangladesh and a relentless defender of human rights.

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