A leader raised a leader
Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed of DOT :
“I am poor, I am empty-handed, Please take my love, For that is all I have”- —Poet Rabindranath Tagore.
These lines were quoted by one of the greatest leaders of all time, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; in a speech in Calcutta on February 6, 1972.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is known as the architect of Bangladesh, the father of the nation. He showed the first sign of being a people’s leader in the year 1943 when he distributed rice to the famine-stricken people from his father’s stockpile, without any knowledge of the latter. In the coming years, he grew up to be the leader as he was meant to be, and steered his nation to their most glorious moment in history. He was—from that first sign of leadership till the day he died—a people’s leader.
A study, titled “Evaluation of Charismatic Leader of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”, revealed that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has stimulated people by his charismatic leadership capability and huge political knowledge. From his early life he had demonstrated two main leadership qualities, among many others; which make him an indisputable leader of Bangladesh. One of them was proactive social consciousness and paramount dedication for politics, which gave him the recognition to be a leader of general people. His aspiration and sacrifice for nation made him an icon of the country. His leadership feature made himself as a father of the nation.
Bangabandhu was a real epitome of courage, both in the physical and moral sense.
Bangabandhu’s daughter, our Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina; has been recently referred as one of the world leaders with humble lifestyles by Daily Leadership, one of the influential Nigerian dailies. Daily Leadership published a feature story only on five world leaders, titled “World Leaders With Humble Lifestyles” and our PM was one of them. The feature story mentioned about our PM’s modest monthly salary (US$ 800 equivalent) while referring to Forbes’s list of the “World’s Hundred Most Powerful Women” in which our PM was ranked at 59. The feature story also mentioned that two of the most outstanding achievements of our PM are her leadership roles and success behind the trials of Bangabandhu’s killers and war criminals of 1971.
Our PM grew up seeing her father, Bangabandhu; leading a nation. She saw her father to comprise everything he had for people of this land. After Bangabndhu was brutally killed in 1975, this nation lost its father. And now this country got Bangabandhu’s daughter as its leader, who has successfully proved her leadership qualities during her tenure. All these that our PM has achieved till date prove that Bangabandhu was not only a successful leader but also a successful father, who is still living in his beloved land through his daughter, our PM Sheikh Hasina.
The writer is Executive Editor, Daily Our Time