March 30, 2023

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

President of Bangladesh
  • Title
    / Bangabandhu
  • Birth Date
    / 17 March 1920
  • Died
    / 15 August 1975
Founding Father of Bangladesh. Firebrand politician who shook the foundation of Pakistan and carved out its eastern wing as sovereign Bangladesh. Led Bengali's decade long struggle for independence against then autocratic regime, finally resulting in the Bangladesh Liberation War and the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. Served twice as President and once as Prime Minister of Bangladesh after independence. Assassinated along with almost entire family in military coup.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Bengali: শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান; 17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975), often shortened as Sheikh Mujib or Mujib and widely known as Bangabandhu was a Bangladeshi politician, statesman and Founding Father of Bangladesh who served as the first President and later as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from April 1971 until his assassination in August 1975. Mujib is credited with leading the successful campaign for Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan. He is revered in Bangladesh with the honourific title of “Bangabandhu” (Bôngobondhu “Friend of Bengal”) which is used around the world. He was a founding member and eventual leader of the Awami League, founded in 1949 as an East Pakistan–based political party in Pakistan. Mujib is considered to have been a fundamental figure in the efforts to gain political autonomy for East Pakistan and later as the central figure behind the Bangladesh Liberation Movement and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Thus, he is regarded as the “Jatir Janak” or “Jatir Pita” (Jatir Jônok or Jatir Pita, both meaning “Father of the Nation”) of Bangladesh. His daughter Sheikh Hasina is the current leader of the Awami League and currently serves as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

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